Two decommissioned highways cross
and continue toward their borders
with the casual certainty
the dead carry in their sample cases.
Leaning against the wind
I notice tufts of fur in the air
and a driveshaft rising from the sand,
then the horsehair of a violinist’s bow
drawn steadily across my neck.
Michael McGriff is the author of the poetry collections
Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and Dismantling the Hills (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008).
He is the co-translator (with Mikaela Grassl) of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola (Green Integer Books, 2010). In 2009, McGriff co-founded Tavern Books, a literary publisher dedicated to reviving out-of-print poetry collections with an emphasis on works in translation. He lives in Portland, Oregon.