100 Miles of Heat
by Mark B. Hamilton
MARK B. HAMILTON continues to embrace the earth in this selection from his journey down the Ohio River on the Lewis and Clark trail, writing of the joys and struggles of living in the natural environment of contemporary America. His poetry expresses a delicate narrative that accumulates into metaphor, clarifies with nuance, and lifts the world of observation into an awareness of reciprocity. It truly reminds us that our lives are a relationship.
Often, the curve of Creek or Run will set us deeply down
into the landscape, close to wooded banks on either side,
close to the hush of bird song and the whoosh of oar
into a quietude that becomes the mystery, old myths
submerged like fallen trees.