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The Tension Zone, and: Clear Air Turbulence, and: Still Life: Sarasota, Florida, and: Hot Water, and: Tiptoe, and: Water House, Shakertown, and: Cautionary Tale, 3 A.M.

The Tension Zone, and: Clear Air Turbulence, and: Still Life: Sarasota, Florida, and: Hot Water,... THE TENSION ZONE / Concordia discors (Horace) You have a home but not in the aloof gallery of climax forest and not in the meadow's quilted safety. Come to the edge instead, the ecotone where wood and field, cliff and stream jag together, where snakeroot flames into aspen and light and shadow try a tense handshake, a sweaty mix of daisy, moss, grasshopper, and slug. This is life along the margin, breath among the multitudes where twice the species tumble in half the space. A sparrow stretches its pushing with little jabs like hail on aluminum. double the web, jumps claw. So if you are restless and cramped, tired of the solitary fight under your dark canopy of soul; if you need someone to blame, come to the tension zone. claim, of sound A spider knits out like a rusty The enemy is here, and grows up and out and looms, an extra long Smilax tendril, a popped egg-sack unfolding at your feet. Your fear is only natural, the local tongue. And anger flares into beauty like the jittery switchblade crest of a cardinal under siege. The Missouri Review · 45 CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE / I never forgot http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

The Tension Zone, and: Clear Air Turbulence, and: Still Life: Sarasota, Florida, and: Hot Water, and: Tiptoe, and: Water House, Shakertown, and: Cautionary Tale, 3 A.M.

The Missouri Review , Volume 15 (3) – Oct 5, 1992

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THE TENSION ZONE / Concordia discors (Horace) You have a home but not in the aloof gallery of climax forest and not in the meadow's quilted safety. Come to the edge instead, the ecotone where wood and field, cliff and stream jag together, where snakeroot flames into aspen and light and shadow try a tense handshake, a sweaty mix of daisy, moss, grasshopper, and slug. This is life along the margin, breath among the multitudes where twice the species tumble in half the space. A sparrow stretches its pushing with little jabs like hail on aluminum. double the web, jumps claw. So if you are restless and cramped, tired of the solitary fight under your dark canopy of soul; if you need someone to blame, come to the tension zone. claim, of sound A spider knits out like a rusty The enemy is here, and grows up and out and looms, an extra long Smilax tendril, a popped egg-sack unfolding at your feet. Your fear is only natural, the local tongue. And anger flares into beauty like the jittery switchblade crest of a cardinal under siege. The Missouri Review · 45 CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE / I never forgot

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1992

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