Daniel Bourne




Layers

They talk of onions
But it is the Sprout of Brussels,
Green ingénue, whose layers
Delect the palate.

Peeling back the veils,
Each fluffy,
Green scarf
Perfumed and charred—
So who can blame me

That I save the heart for last?


Noah’s Ark



Of course all the animals were babies—

that way the atlas bear

would not molest the auroch

and the quagga

would not kick Ham, bruising

his already dark skin.   
                              
                                   But let’s not



get too smart with this.  Think

of the dove
s partner, 

when it flew back.

The olive branch not just a sign of land



but of love. In just forty nights, I beg you,

how much they had grown!




Daniel Bourne’s books include The Household Gods (Cleveland State) and Where No One Spoke the Language (CustomWords). His poems are forthcoming in Salmagundi, Yale Review, Lake Effect, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, and have also appeared in such journals as Field, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Conduit, Boulevard, Guernica, Pleiades, Shenandoah, New Letters, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, Plume, Many Mountains Moving, and North American Review. The recipient of four Ohio Arts Council poetry fellowships, he teaches in the English Department and Environmental Studies program at The College of Wooster in NE Ohio, where he edits Artful Dodge, a magazine of American fiction, poetry and essay with a special interest in translation, and for which he has interviewed such writers as Jorge Luis Borges, Tim O’Brien, Czesław Miłosz, James Laughlin, Rita Dove, and Terry Tempest Williams.









                                    

 

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