Aug. 26, 2022

in the rampant twilight, by Jennifer Hambrick

Jennifer Hambrick

in the rampant twilight

a peat fire glows under my skin under
moss-woven coverlet of day stars dive
into waves of myth I can’t understand
the runes carved into me blood & bone
left for me to scratch a river in a veil
unraveling breaths inside each moment
& all is bright evening cicadas quiet
piping reassuring time has not folded up
its desert tent & walked away moon-
glow unfurls a path and holds hands
with shadow trembling in the distance
a coracle drifts into dusk in silence


Four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee Jennifer Hambrick is the author of the poetry collections In the High Weeds, winner of the Stevens Manuscript Award of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies; Joyride (Red Moon Press), winner of the 2022 Marianne Bluger Book Award from Haiku Canada; and Unscathed (NightBallet Press). She was featured by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser in American Life in Poetry; was appointed the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at historic Bryn Du Mansion, Granville, Ohio; and has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Sheila-Na-Gig Press Poetry Prize, First Prize in the Haiku Society of America's Haibun Award Competition, First Prize in the 2021 Martin Lucas Haiku Award Competition (U.K.), and many others. Hambrick is a frequent recipient of poetry commissions, and her work appears in The Columbia Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Santa Clara Review, San Pedro River Review, Maryland Literary Review, and many other literary journals and invited anthologies around the world. A classical musician, public radio broadcaster, multimedia producer, and cultural journalist, Jennifer Hambrick lives in Columbus, Ohio.