the child-snow (2) by G.C. Waldrep


the child-snow
listens, (enclaved)
ungirds its
mission posture
of anemone, radio
the vanquished epic
shines faintly
(within its lore)
as a marked deck
beneath its optic
glassed, clef-choir
each petal’s
measured skein
knows youth’s
blue-boned Arctic
the soul’s coign
as body (intaglio)
slew & splay
(I) -will-not-touch


G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are a long poem, Testament (BOA Editions, 2015), and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). With Joshua Corey he edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012). Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.