©Andrena Zawinski, 2011

This one’s not recurrent
but a one-off
the unconscious cooks up.

Not just any turtle either
but one frozen
in solid ice

that comes to life
in the fleshy
vessel of your hands.

What you thought
dead is latent, what
you thought lost

still waiting beneath
the surface for water’s
silver sound.

©Christian Knoeller, 2011

Christian Knoeller (BAWP ’91), Associate Professor of English Education at Purdue University, will be speaking about Louis Erdrich and Scott Russell Sanders at the Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature —as well as giving a reading of his own poetry— at Michigan State University.  He will also be presenting “The Making of a Conservationist:  The Genesis of Audubon’s Environmental Sensibilities” at 2011 Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) at Indiana University.

2 Responses to “After Dreaming of Turtles by Christian Knoeller”


  1. I hope you like my photo appearing with your poem!
    It was taken in Mendocino, CA.

  2. Barbara Bornet Says:

    I love the photo and also I am glad to read your poem , Christian.
    Barbara

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