A pale gray day, the fog so thick
it could be smoke pouring from the earth,
though without fire, damp and cold.
A branch falls from a tree, a stick
I step on snaps. What is the world worth
when you cannot see it? Sounds. The old
rhythm of waves piercing the clouds
I wander in, eucalyptus
drizzling, a crow invisibly perched
close by cawing through billowing shrouds
of mist, on the highway an N-Judah bus
starting its engine, he whom I’ve searched
for, his voice undying despite the sea
dividing us, calling, calling to me.
…From The Return of What’s Been Lost, Marrowstone Press, Seattle, 2017
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Peter Weltner has published six books of fiction, including The Risk of His Music and How the Body Prays, and, in 2017, The Return of What’s Been Lost, five poetry chapbooks, among them The One-Winged Body and Water’s Eye (both in collaboration with the artist Galen Garwood), and six full length collections of poetry, News from the World at My Birth: A History, The Outerlands, To the Final Cinder, Stone Altars, Late Summer Storm in Early Winter (with photographs and paintings by Galen Garwood), and most recently The Light of the Sun Become Sea. He and his husband live in San Francisco by the ocean.
Danse Macabre is proud to name Peter Weltner our 2017 Artist-in-Residence. May our dedicated Macabristas delight in his wondrous poetics in both DM and DM du Jour throughout the year – and heartfelt thanks to Peter for his generosity in sharing his artistry with us.