Today's poem is "Almanac Magic"
from A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood

The University of Georgia Press

Allen Braden is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a residency from the Poetry Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His poems have appeared in such publications as the Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Witness.

Books by Allen Braden:

Other poems on the web by Allen Braden:
"Postcard from the Phoenix Zoo"
"Down the Silo"
Three poems
"Memory and a Brake of Bamboo"
Two poems

Allen Braden According to Wikipedia.

About A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood:

"The rich textures of many lines and passages here on such themes as nature and work (specifically, farm work) are, frankly, breathtaking."
—B. H. Fairchild

"Braden weaves a graceful and philosophical web in which the ineffable and the inevitable are fatally connected. Say desire is the presence of absent reality, then beauty becomes the absence, orbed here by a sequence of sonnets, a sequence of taboos so compelling that a reader cannot help but be seduced by the brilliant symmetry, the Keatsian capability of this poet’s meditation."
—Sandra Alcosser

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