Orphan Hours: Poems

Orphan Hours: Poems

Stanley Plumly


Orphan Hours is a booklet of reconciliation, of coming to phrases with time in its so much own and remarkable manifestations, and of studying the knowledge of what can't be replaced. The urgency of the elegy has been absorbed through an recognition of the element, texture, and small moments that represent and increase mortality.

from “Lapsed Meadow"

I take into account, in Ohio, fields of wastes of nature,

lost pasture, fallow clearings, buckwheat

and fireweed and damaged sparrow nests,

especially in the summertime, within the fading hilltop sun,

when you may lose your self via easily mendacity down.

Who will locate you, who will name you domestic now, at dusk,

with the dry counsel of the goldenrod confused

with a bit wind, filling in what’s left of the light.

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