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Monte Bello - Devavani Chatterjea-Matthes

After a Measured Cup of Warming Brandy - Tim Bellows

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Spring 2000

Wild Lit

After a Measured Cup of Warming Brandy
- with thoughts of high Sierra meadows

Tim Bellows

Monks ring the bells to arrange
time. Watch the dry,

single-winged fruits
fly. Far end of the valley,

the wide cradle
also in view. It

puts a finger to their lips
each day, helps arrange

nothing in mind if an old man
can agree to that after the hours

of sitting with nothing but gestures.
After the polishing of wrinkled glass,

the sweeping, the sketching of black letters.
After obeying a word

for eternity - which means
the easier cantatas, themes

that blow over scrubland. Themes
wrapped in sheer whimsy, maybe

a gust against ash trees.
Just before sleep,

a man on three blankets
sees himself again: he walks the forest,

comes to a grassland with sunlight.
This is the sleep for him - at last -

to hear a silence, a single wave hitting stones.
Tim Bellows teaches English and creative writing at Sierra College after graduating from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in '78. He has published rambunctious, compassionate essays and poems in over a hundred U.S. journals, including Midwest Quarterly, Modern Haiku, Northern Contours, Natural Bridge Magazine, Terrain, Panhandler, The Lucid Stone, Burning Cloud Review, and Wisconsin Review. His "Huts Under Smooth Hills" was nominated for the 23rd Annual Pushcart Prize. Eclectic Press published his A Racing Up the Sky early in 1999.

Monte Bello - Devavani Chatterjea-Matthes
Comings and Goings - Christopher Woods

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