What Rough Beast | Poem for November 22, 2017

Naomi Thiers

Exactly like netted fish
—Carolyn Forché

This net of bright desire—the
thousand things of this world—is
what binds us unless we swim
toward, in, the flecks of pale light
that shimmer, barely seen, beyond our bodies,

unless we pare ourselves close to bone
and slip, unencumbered, through the error
in the pattern—perhaps just at the second
we’re hauled to the surface,

to air—or to life.


Naomi Thiers  is the author of Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven (Washington Writers Pub House, 1992),  In Yolo County (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and She Was a Cathedral (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, Pacific Review, Potomac Review, Grist, and Sojourners, among other publications and anthologies. Originally from California, she lives in Washington, DC, and is an editor at Educational Leadership magazine.

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