Crossing the Island

by Joseph Stroud

Marvelous piece. In this poem the speaker is the island, alone within his life. At the same time, he is also the one crossing to a new place while the world blazes up around him and calls him forward. There is both a spiritual and physical intensity in the poem located “in the place/where the gods descend to this world and enter . . .”

A magnificent poem that tells a story, fills you with breathtaking imagery, and leaves you savoring every word.


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