Pick-a-Poem: “The Horizon Line”


Good morning, readers! This week we have another featured poem for you, of course. If you’re snowed in and are looking for some poetry to brighten up your gray, cold day, then maybe this will do the trick. Today’s poem comes from Poetry Daily, as all of our poems do. If you’re looking for an archive of interesting and varied poetry, then Poetry Daily is the place to go. They’ve got some really great pieces, such as today’s featured poem: The Horizon Line by W. S. Di Piero.

According to his bio on Poetry Daily, W. S. Di Piero, “winner of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, is the author of ten books of poetry. His poems appear frequently in Poetry and Threepenny Review, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, and many other periodicals. The latest of his five essay collections, When Can I See You Again?, contains his recent art writings. Di Piero’s autobiographical writings have appeared twice in Best American Essays, and he’s an accomplished translator of Greek and Italian poetry.”

The Horizon Lineby W. S. Di Piero

I spoke not of Campana’s woman
of Genova, who brought him seaweed
in her hair, and sea wind on her skin—
your curls swung wet and whippy,
the surf took over your ankles
and knocky knees, your hair opened,
the tide calmed, and the farther you swam
the more you were sun-cuts on the sea
and I panicked to lose sight of you,
less than a dashed shadow disintegrating
into opaque radiance where sea and sky
shrink to a seam of life continuous
with our own. In your own good time
you brought back wind in your hair,
her hair, seaweed smelly, hot,
wind shot with salt and seaweed
dripping from that hair, as if
such disappearance and return
were your nature. When you flopped
on our fleecy blanket,
tart water seeds
popped from your hair.
I tasted them.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s poem. I really enjoyed this one, it had some lovely lines in it. If you’re looking for some more poetry, check out our archives here at the blog.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan


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