Inger Christensen

Alphabet (An Excerpt) - Poem by Inger Christensen


apricot trees exist, apricot trees exist


bracken exists; and blackberries, blackberries;
bromine exists; and hydrogen, hydrogen


cicadas exist; chicory, chromium,
citrus trees; cicadas exist;
cicadas, cedars, cypresses, the cerebellum


doves exist, dreamers, and dolls;
killers exist, and doves, and doves;
haze, dioxin, and days; days
exist, days and death; and poems
exist; poems, days, death


early fall exists; aftertaste, afterthought;
seclusion and angels exist;
widows and elk exist; every
detail exists; memory, memory’s light;
afterglow exists; oaks, elms,
junipers, sameness, loneliness exist;
eider ducks, spiders, and vinegar
exist, and the future, the future

Topic(s) of this poem: ecology

Form: Abecedarian

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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