PoetryIssue 03 | February 2009

Two Poems by David Landrum

Land's End

The waters churn around the Seven Stones,
last footfall to the long Atlantic’s miles;
rock promontories, vertebrae and bones
of substratum, the bedrock shafts, the piles
that brace this island-mass of land stretched out
from Muckle Fluge to here;  the Hebrides
to smallish crags where white spume-circles spout,
the frothing tides of intercepted seas.

This other Eden, demi-paradise;
this England
.  Shakespeare shaped words the same way
these gull-embroidered islets shape and splice
the thridding currents roiling in this bay—
Land’s End but land’s beginning;  lifted palm
halting the sea before the coastland’s calm.

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About the author

David W. Landrum teaches Literature at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and is editor of Lucid Rhythms.  His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. 

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