What does a landscape dream of in its unsettled dreams?
Of snowpack still ten feet deep. Of going to sleep
to the sound of sea-drenched wind and waking
to rain in the basement. Of yet another dream
in which nearly every room in the house
is rearranged. Boulder in bathroom. Old growth
hemlock blocking the stairwell. Kitchen faucet
turned to torrent. Caddis uncased and floating
in yesterday’s soup. Fish seeking shelter
in the bedroom closet. The front porch
somewhere at the bottom of the reservoir.
And the lock on the dam picked clean,
the entire mountain sliding
into a new zip code.
Todd Davis is the author of five full-length collections of poetry—Winterkill; In the Kingdom of the Ditch; The Least of These; Some Heaven; and Ripe—as well as of a limited edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. He edited the nonfiction collection, Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball, and co-edited Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poetry has been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry. The winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize and the Chautauqua Editors Prize, Davis is a fellow of the Black Earth Institute and teaches environmental studies and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona College. His webpage can be found at: www.todddavispoet.com.