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Reginald Shepherd was born on April 10, 1963, in New York City...
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by Reginald Shepherd

Occasionally a god speaks to you,
rutted tollway a flint knife breaching
gutted fields hung on event

horizon, clear cut contradiction 
through soybeans and sheared corn: blue
pickup an orange blaze, white letters 

blistered, boiling down to tarmac, 
asphalt, sulfur fume cured by a methane 
gas burn-off pipe, blue flame chipped 

with white raising a buttress of weather
-burnt bricks, flaking wind 
totem. We stopped to take some cargo 

on, weighted October with a freight 
of waiting snow traveling east, panic of
starlings startled from stubble husks

by a harvest moon dangled directly 
ahead: drove into the pitted sphere, bloody
pearl punched in a sky just out of reach

(vanishing point retreating, peeling),
one of the yellowed streetlights 
by now, dimming, diminishing. The road

says to perspective, wait.

"Syntax," from Otherhood: Poems by Reginald Shepherd. Copyright 2003 by Reginald Shepherd. Reprinted by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press. All rights reserved.
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