John Barton


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1. Sunrise, Grand Canyon 1/20/2003

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Sunrise, Grand Canyon

We stand on the edge, the fall
into depth, the ascent

of light revelatory, the canyon walls moving
up out of

shadow, lit
colours of the layers cutting

down through darkness, sunrise as it
passes a

precipitate of the river, its burnt tangerine
flare brief, jagged

bleeding above the far rim for a split
second I have imagined

you here with me, watching day's onslaught
standing in your bones--they seem

implied in the record almost
by chance--fossil remains held

in abundance in the walls, exposed
by freeze and ...

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