Jorie Graham is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard. Her book Sea Change: Poems will be published next spring. (December 2007)

Just Before

At some point in the day, as such, there was a pool. Of stillness. One bent to brush one’s hair, and, lifting again, there it was, the opening—one glanced away from a mirror, and there, before one’s glance reached the street, it was, dilation and breath—a …

In the Pasture

What am I supposed to put now into the sea of fulfillment, the broken record of swaying plenitudes? I press out hard along the hurt—the campaign road—I press my thoughts, my tiny informers.The earth curves more than I had thought at first. My …