The maple limb severed
      by a December storm
      still blossoms in May
      where it lies on the ground,

      its red tassels a message
      from the other side,
      like a letter arriving
      after its writer has died.



JEFFREY HARRISON is the author of four full-length books of poems—most recently Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books), which was runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008—as well as of The Names of Things (2006), a selection published by the Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has new work in recent or forthcoming issues of The Yale Review, The New Republic, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.