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Chard deNiord: See How Brightly The Leaves Fall With Grief

on their backs.

How long then short the days grow across the Earth.

How deeply the sky folds into itself to sweeten the hurt.

How silently the dust sings to make us dance. 


                                                In memory of Russell Banks

Russell Banks (March 28, 1940 – January 7, 2023)


Chard deNiord’s many books include In My Unknowing (Pitt, 2020). He is the former Poet Laureate of Vermont (2015-2019).

8 comments on “Chard deNiord: See How Brightly The Leaves Fall With Grief

  1. Daphne Gillispie-Field
    January 18, 2023

    Our humanities are diminishing with each loss…”each man’s grief is my own…


  2. Lisa Zimmerman
    January 17, 2023

    This poem makes me think of Donald Hall in his essay “Poetry: The Unsayable Said” telling us, “Yes, it’s true: When we read poems we often feel more emotion than we can reasonably account for.”
    As with this lovely poem ❤️


  3. Loranneke
    January 15, 2023

    Dear Russ. Dear you for that poem, friend!


  4. rhoff1949
    January 15, 2023

    Grief, resignation, peace. Beautifully done. Exquisite.


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