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He who plants the ear, shall he not hear? Psalm 94:6

Who set the heart like a bulb
in the chest, shall He not bless

the blade that tears brown
husks, parts dirt, thrusts

a green budded shaft
to blast this blossom

horn straining toward
the window’s bright pane,

transparent plain between
gaping scarlet and snow?

Oh, whoever lit this winter
sun must also love love.

Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Julia Spicher Kasdorf has published four books of poetry: Sleeping Preacher, Eve’s Striptease, Poetry in America, and Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields, a collaborative documentary project with Steven Rubin. She is currently at work on a documentary project about farmers working within 30 miles of her home in Bellefonte, PA. Her awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

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