Philip Ciampa


Philip Ciampa Poems

1. On Tanner's 'Night' 2/1/2005
2. New Fire 7/7/2008
3. News Of Infertility 2/9/2005

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New Fire

In the after-dinner silence
of neighbors, a night soaked
in the smell of cut grass and childhood
and the whir of insect hind-legs
that rises with the darkness
and a new moon, Abby spots one

low in the grasses forgotten
by the lawnmower, the phosphorus
tail streaks like the trail of a meteor
through the garden, a look
and we’re enraptured: fireflies
are everywhere, the whole yard
a passion of insects

and Abby who is still young enough
for dirt under her fingernails
and a healthy love of bugs,
sets out with splayed hands
and ...

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