Michelle Brittan Rosado – Evening Walk, 2020

Michelle Brittan Rosado

Evening Walk, 2020

The night gardener’s watering 
              concentrates on the roses’ 
shadows. A coyote, starved 
              by summer, lowers 
his head to the gutter.
              An invisible constellation
of points measuring six feet 
              extends from everything:
the web spun from windowsill 
              to banister, flickering 
under the porch light.

Author’s note: The poems in this series all use the image of a window as their starting point, some in the title itself and others more peripherally. I’ve been thinking of this symbol a lot lately — as a portal for wonder in childhood, an aperture to others’ lives during the pandemic, a view of the world outside after giving birth and spending those early days indoors. These poems may not have come into existence without the invitation to contribute to The Fresno 15, and I am endlessly grateful to the MFA program for my years there and the deep sense of community I’ve carried with me since graduating in 2011. Thank you for reading and for supporting the Larry Levis Memorial Scholarship. 

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