After Hopkins

Indivisible I divine

            in leaf’s veins, lung’s blood,

                        floodplain and feathered cloud,

where the all ails, avail.


We’ve summoned by reduction

            the valenced none, digressed,

                        through manias of distinction,

out of reverence, are undeceived


and undone. Therefore, repair.

            Let mountain and meteorite

                        accord in scale, write in alleles

aves in human and bacterium alike.


Let us learn to lean again

            on the awe-obstinate phrase,

                        like that poor priest who fused

the disparate trout spots,


                        cloud colors, into one praise.

—Brandon Krieg



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About the Author

Brandon Krieg is the author of Source to Mouth, a chapbook forthcoming from New Michigan Press. His poems have appeared in Web Conjunctions, the Iowa Review, Shenandoah, and many other journals. He is a founding editor of the Winter Anthology:

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