Issue 1
Portrait of My Lover as a Donegal Stone

Portrait of My Lover as a Donegal Stone

Large in a field
and lichened—some marks
in black, others
curry or rust.

Stone with other stones,
lying together, half
buried, impeding
the plow.

The heft of them, though,
and their power. “Try
to move us,” they say.
And, “Feel our weight.”
Thus, the power of limestone,
granite, basalt.

Bow down low, then.
Scrape your forehead
on the ground.

Patricia Clark is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Sunday Rising (2013). Her work has appeared recently in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Southern Humanities Review, and North American Review, as well as online with The Collagist. She teaches at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.