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Greg Hewett is the author of darkacre (Coffee House Press, 2010); The Eros Conspiracy (Coffee House Press, 2006); and Red Suburb (Coffee House Press, 2002). He teaches at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Beyond the Pane

Greg Hewett


The frescoed cloister is closed.
No echo of omniscience 
escapes to wind or metaphor.
A cottage holds three bowls, 
earthen and chipped, on a table 
made of planks smoothed by the surf. 
One holds buttermilk;
another, tomatoes pale as moons;
the third, eggs the color of sand.
On the sill you would place a globe
of ivory roses to echo
the dolphin skull beyond the pane,
and think how sonorous, how bold,
this science of solitude.

From darkacre by Greg Hewett. Copyright © 2010 by Greg Hewett. Used by permission of Coffee House Press: www.coffeehousepress.org.

From darkacre by Greg Hewett. Copyright © 2010 by Greg Hewett. Used by permission of Coffee House Press: www.coffeehousepress.org.

Greg Hewett

Greg Hewett is the author of darkacre (Coffee House Press, 2010); The Eros Conspiracy (Coffee House Press, 2006); and Red Suburb (Coffee House Press, 2002). He teaches at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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