April is National Poetry Month, and to mark the occasion we'll be sharing some of our favourite poems from collections we've published over the years. Today's poem is "El Bruc, Spain (2018)" by Chris Hutchinson from the collection In the Vicinity of Riches.
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"El Bruc, Spain (2018)"
by Chris Hutchinson
When you cannot go further
It is time to go back and wrest
Out of failure some
— David Schubert, “No Finis”
Noon. The white cat casts no shadow.
And neither does your poem, unless I count
the fossilized flames sealed inside of thin cloth-
covered books. Again, my dream to translate
the aerial syntax of cloud-coloured moths
proves false. As if Nuestra Señora de Montserrat
picking wild fennel beneath a red clay cliff were something
I’d actually seen and not merely pretended to have
spontaneously imagined. But your poem is not a passport
(stamped with exotic conceits) and I am half-sick
of peripheral revisions, images that play at suffering
for the sake of art. Meanwhile, having slipped the border
between words and worlds, you’ve already been
everywhere I go, traced in air
the form and moving of your departure.
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