Inspired by the drawings of Rockwell Kent included in the autobiographical collection Wilderness: A journal of quiet adventure in Alaska


“The Snow Queen”

when night and day
spoon eachother on
black sand beach

and across the bay
white mountains
stand indifferent
they know
only light
and shadow


“Rain Torrents”

ever rushing
vertical path
from sea
to sky
or sky
to sea
even great mountains
become fluid
in such torrents


“Kent’s cabin”

Kent’s cabin
drawn on
rare sunny day
ink caught on paper
shadows on log walls
Rockwell’s magpie
in box-trap cage
low door

from this perspective
one cannot see
the great gaps
between logs
or hear
yeast jug
blow its cork

in Kent’s wilderness
stumps equal sunshine


archived Poems for Kent

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