©Christian Knoeller, 2014

©Christian Knoeller, 2014

the comet carries
water and stone so ancient
astronomers crow

crescent moon rising
while sun idles just below
the edge of the world

gliding toward an island
just before dawn the owl
embodies silence

©Christian Knoeller, 2014

Christian Knoeller is Associate Professor of English at Purdue.  His first collection of poems, Completing the Circle, was awarded the Millennium Prize from Buttonwood Press. He has received both the Midwestern Heritage Prize for Literary Criticism (2007) and the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize for Poetry (2011) from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and is a past President of the organization (SSML).  Recent publications include essays on Louise Erdrich that appeared in ASLE’s Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, on Scott Russell Sanders in SSML’s MidAmerica, and on John James Audubon and environmental history in the Journal of Ecocritism.

2 Responses to “Comet Watching by Christian Knoeller”

  1. martywill Says:

    I love the image of astronomers crowing! Christian, please let me and Judy Bebelaar know when you might plan a trip to the Bay Area. We would love to have you as a featured reader in BAWP’s monthly literary reading at Expressions Gallery.

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