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Clade Song 7

Evening Is For Place

What I cannot hear I will not hear
All around me the extinct
In one life-thin stroke of trouble
The kind that comes at altitude
My heart peaks and overbeats
To my waking wonder
I believe its age and the scent
Of too many wildflowers
Too much nature
The trees which speak to me
And I refuse them


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Ian Randall Wilson has published two chapbooks, Theme of the Parabola and The Wilson Poems, both from Hollyridge Press. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in many journals including The Gettysburg Review, The New Mexico Humanities Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Mid-American Review, and North American Review. He has an MFA in Fiction and in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. He is on the fiction faculty at the UCLA Extension. By day, he is an executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment.