Landscape with Jar

 

Landscape with Jar
(after Wallace Stevens)

What vanishes more readily than the breakable
and transparent? Not here, not now, it says,

never voluble in the morning. I have work.
The horizon exists simply in perception.

Try to touch it – the hill meets the sky
only from afar, offering discordance

up close, no measurement possible.
And among the trees and vines, a glimmer

of spite, twisted open. Moving closer, we see
through. We see rocks, a bird. We see air.

“Landscape with Jar” was first published in Birch Gang Review in July 2017.

23 thoughts on “Landscape with Jar

  1. Try to touch the horizon? At least, capture the illusion. A photographer’s unrelenting quest, momentarily-appeased by those glimmers among leaves. This poem makes me want to grab camera and head out (quick!) before the perceived vanishes … meanwhile, you’ve nailed it in words!

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