Amber

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rmorganWidely published and acclaimed, Robert Morgan is the author of fifteen books of poetry, most recently Terroir in 2011 and Dark Energy in 2015. He has also published nine volumes of fiction, including Gap Creek, a New York Times bestseller. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, he was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Born in Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1944, he has taught since 1971 at Cornell University, where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English.  “Amber” was first published in Shenandoah 48/3.

Some great pine’s finest scab,
this piece of cough drop sucked
by time, warms light, and in
its lens burns ancient resin
to an ember of licked
ice, an ember of fat

caution light. The fly
drowns forever in hard honey.

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