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Geoffrey Nutter is the author of four collections of poetry: The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013); Christopher Sunset (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the 2011 Sheila Motton Book Award; Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (Wave Books, 2005), winner of the 2004 Verse Press Prize; and A Summer Evening (Center for Literary Publishing, 2001), winner of the 2001 Colorado Prize. He teaches at New York University and lives in New York.

Electricity

Children picking through the rocks
beside the river on a spring day.
What are they looking for? Old green
net tangled on broken pilings; a couple
embracing on the tumbledown esplanade.
Some fishermen drinking beer from tall brown bottles. 
Broken shells, tire treads, rusted aluminum pull-tabs—
downriver, near the sun, the great echoes 
and the embers of the bridge; and upriver,
far away, the echoing spools and dynamos 
of the dam, its forces crackling outward 
like the giant snow crab's jointed legs,
like a web in sunlight, a net, a chorus
of embers, like a plan the river is planning,
abstract, afire and electric, glowing
in the levitating rubric, invisible,
visible to children, undiscovered:
Brace yourselves—electricity 
is coming to us.

From Christopher Sunset by Geoffrey Nutter. Copyright © 2009 by Geoffrey Nutter. Used by permission of Wave Books.

From Christopher Sunset by Geoffrey Nutter. Copyright © 2009 by Geoffrey Nutter. Used by permission of Wave Books.

Geoffrey Nutter

Geoffrey Nutter is the author of four collections of poetry: The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013), Christopher Sunset (Wave Books, 2010), Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (Wave Books, 2005), and A Summer Evening (Center for Literary Publishing, 2001).