What lies beneath the cover? Ekphrasis by Mitchell Douglas

17 Nov

Punchnel’s is a new’ish online mag/journal based out of my own glorious city of Indianapolis. They’re doing some amazing things here, publishing some great work, finding good audiences for it. Like this ekphrastic poem by Mitchell Douglas that made me pause, that made me Google “Car Accident—U.S. 66, between Winslow and Flagstaff, Arizona.”

This land is made of our bodies:
the cracked hip curve
of the mesa, the twigs—bare
fingers—rise
from the clay, clutch
our legs
in scorched plumes,
formidable fire. What lies

beneath the blanket,
rests on the desert floor—
draws a newly muted choir
to bow heads,
exchange gazes?

Read the rest at Punchnel’s.

Then read the rest of Punchnel’s. There is good stuff there.

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2 Responses to “What lies beneath the cover? Ekphrasis by Mitchell Douglas”

  1. flyingodiva November 17, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    • ce. November 17, 2011 at 9:54 am #

      I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for checking it out. I almost said “thanks for stopping by,” but maybe you regularly come to the site, so really, I mean, “thanks for commenting!”

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