I keep forgetting how it is under stars,
except on off-nights standing beneath pitch-black
long before dawn, forgetting how to know them,
just hoarding memory, child wonder, unlettered joy,
their faint candlelit canopy comforting bobcat,
coyote, foxfire desert, Grace Village deathbed infirm,
homebound and homeless, convict and freeman,
even me, how I felt as a kid on peppery-hot,
starlit summer nights when a cool fresh breath
flowed through me before I deserved its care
or comfort, before feeling uncommon light
in darkness, what’s left to deathless Daystar
to dream by.
DREAM WIND was published 2020 (Spirit-of-the-Ram P), while EVERYTHING SPEAKING CHINESE received RIVERSTONE P (AZ) Poetry Prize. Work has appeared in AGNI, American Literary R, Cincinnati PR, Kansas Q, Louisville R, Mississippi R, New York Q, Phoebe, RHINO, Sonora R, Texas Observer, among others. Recognitions include NEA & NEH Fellowships, residencies, & three Pushcart nominations. EMPTY HEAVEN/EMPTY EARTH, will be published 2022. Gordon divides lives between Eurasia and the deep shadows of the Desert Southwest Organ Mountains.