Catherine Chandler's Poetry Blog

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Richard Wilbur Award-winning Book: Preview 4 (Final)

On Vortex Street


the overhead wires sing and hum
plucked like strings
in tones composed by the vector sum
of the wind’s velocities
but in these resonant meanderings
harmony arpeggios
and all the world’s atrocities
and all the world’s worst-case scenarios
wail in the squalls

as into the maelstrom light curls swirls falls

 

 

 

 

-- Catherine Chandler ("On Vortex Street" was first published in Frostwriting, Issue 12)



An explanation of power lines singing in the wind is available in the second paragraph of this article.