In his new poetry collection, Chard deNiord explores the paradoxical nature of unknowing.
I WEPT WITH JOY ABOVE THE RIVER
I wept with joy above the river. I wept with sorrow above the river. My tears were clear, both sweet and bitter. One leaf cried out to another, “Empty me today of all my color. Fill me tomorrow with a shot of sugar.” This was the still ritual for my feet: To stand on the earth that took of earth earth with ill and sing.
Chard deNiord is cofounder of the New England College MFA program in poetry. He is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the Fire, Sharp Golden Thorn, Night Mowing, The Double Truth, and Interstate. His book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs is a collection of interviews with American poets. His second collection of interviews with poets is I Would Lie to You if I Could: Interviews with Ten American Poets.