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Dark River, Wings of Glass was written in the aftermath of the mass murder that occurred at Umpqua Community College, Oregon, on October 1, 2015, and is meant to honor those nine whose lives were taken that day and those students and colleagues who survived that terrible act of gun violence.

One section of the poem is posted below; another appears in the Publications Gallery page.


North and South form one grieving
river, long called bring across

as though we could
gather in our arms all nine

like a spray of flowers
enfolded in our embrace, their vessel.

Instead we gather
for them, on a hill far away, an overlook
above rapids, in unrelenting
rain, uncertain sun. Gone

we want them
still: captive

in roses pinned to blackness, a solitary
ivory turned the color of rust
eight red ones darkening;

in tesserae: blue river, meadow green, red
sky in morning: transformed

into dragonflies, as though nine
had landed lightly
there, on the retaining

wall, bearing in that lightness
some word for us.