New Start

by Adam Clay

Dreamt of fever,
but it flew
on waking,
the birds
alarmed by
sun shrinking
the clouds
to blue and black
through my eyes
closing again. Inside
the knot of
the body,
where’s the music
of silence,
the stir of second-
guessing? It arrives
like a metaphor
leaned on too
often, though
I feel sure
of a day’s
edge as I
follow it closer
to night. I don’t
need to know
the names of
a vine to find
myself lost
in its blooms.

Adam Clay is the author of To Make Room for the Sea (Milkweed Editions, 2020), The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006), A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016). His poems have appeared in PloughsharesBoston ReviewIowa ReviewTin Housejubilat, and elsewhere. He is editor of Mississippi Review, a coeditor of Typo Magazine, and serves as a book review editor for KenyonReview. He teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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