Issue 11, December 2013
{ Say I Sound Like One of the Hosts}
by Chard deNiord
For Ethan Canin
I sat on the dock at dusk and spoke to the fish who swam beneath me, all ears to hear my secrets. "What words come close?" I whispered.  "The sky enters me like a sword with my own hand on the hilt. How to witness to what I can't express—the smell of lilacs, the dirge of loons. Make up the rest if you wish. Less is enough. Say I sound like one of the Hosts. That I'm crying also and there's nothing you can do to make me stop. That I'm like the peepers, katydids and thrush with my own song—all call in the opera of dusk. Or is it response?"

Chard deNiord the author of four books of poetry, The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which was cited by the Boston Globe as one of the ten best books of poetry in 2011, Speaking in Turn, a collaboration with Tony Sanders (Gnomon Press, 2011), Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990). His poems and essays have appeared in The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies, the Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Slate, AGNI, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and Salmagundi. His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Robert Bly, Ruth Stone, and Jack Gilbert) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets was published by Marick Press in 2012. He is the co-founder and former program director of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry. He is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College and lives in Putney, Vt. with his wife, Liz.