Mary Barnard

(December 6, 1909 – August 25, 2001 / Vancouver, Washington)

Mary Barnard Poems

1. Remarks on Poetry and the Physical World 7/8/2015
2. Crossroads 6/9/2016
3. Encounter in Buffalo 6/9/2016
4. Fable of the Ant and the Word 6/9/2016
5. Fawn 6/9/2016
6. Height Is the Distance Down 6/9/2016
7. Ondine 6/9/2016
8. Playroom 6/9/2016
9. Shoreline 6/9/2016
Best Poem of Mary Barnard

Crossroads

Rotting in the wet gray air
the railroad depot stands deserted under
still green trees. In the fields
cold begins an end.

There were other too-long-postponed departures.
They left, finally, because of well water
gone rank, the smell of fungus, the chill
of rain in chimneys.

The spot is abandoned even in memory.
They knew, locking doors upon empty houses,
to leave without regret is to lose
title to one home forever.

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