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What the Cardinals Sing

by Richard Weaver

Snow, they say.  
upon the ground.  
Wet clouds
shaped out of air. 
like the thickest 
field of corn
in summer bloom.  
Thickets of white
trees shimmering, 
alive with light.

Post-Covid, Richard Weaver has returned as the writer-in-residence at the James Joyce Pub in Baltimore. His poetry has been published in conjunctions, Louisville Review, Southern Quarterly, Birmingham Arts Journal, Coachella Review, FRIGG, Hollins Critic, Xavier Review, Atlanta Review, Dead Mule, Vanderbilt Poetry Review and New Orleans Review. He’s the author of The Stars Undone (Duende Press, 1992) and wrote the libretto for a symphony, “Of Sea and Stars” (2005), which has been performed three times in Alabama and once at Juilliard in New York City. He was one of the founders of the Black Warrior Review and its poetry editor for the first three years. His 200th prose poem was recently accepted. Read his previous poems in Deep South here.

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