Leland James

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Leland James is the author of two books of poetry, Inside Apples, published in 2012 and This is the Way the World Ends/ This is the Way the World Ends, from Finishing Line Press with a publication date of August,2014. His poems have appeared in ten countries in over fifty periodicals, including, The South Carolina Review; The Spoon River Poetry Review; New Millennium Writings; Vallum; Orbis; ... more »

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North Lake

North Lake

The arctic night
crawls down upon the ice.
Last light a strip of gray,
amber where it touches the horizon:
a tired eye about to close.
Tired of barrenness and cold.
Snowshoe tracks faint from the dawn
I now retrace on groaning ice.
The Ancient Beast nightwind howls
rising up in gales of swirling snow.
Away too long, too long alone.

No light shines before me.
Dark cabin windows mock
my coming from the cold.
No trail of smoke: the sunrise fire
long turned to shivering ashes.
My refuge reclaimed,
like my tracks upon the ...

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