John Taggert

In or on the water of the pond
shadows on
the water what Traherne saw as a child in wonder

our second selves

looking down at the pond on a mid-summer morning

the surface of the water surfaced with a golden/green film
shadows of lindens on the surface


and wonderful no less wonderful or more
wonderful still for having nothing to do with your selves or mine.

From John Taggart's forthcoming book "Pastorelles," to be published by Flood Editions of Chicago. A critic as well as a poet, he is the author most recently of Loop, Prompted, Standing Wave, Tauler Sentences, Aeschuylus: Fragments, Remaining in Light, and Songs of Degrees: Essays on Contemporary Poetry & Poetics. He is professor of English and director of the interdisciplinary arts program at Shippensberg University in Pennsylvania



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