Larry Schug is the author of six books of poems–Scales Out of Balance (1990), Caution: Thin Ice (1993), The Turning of Wheels (2001), Arrogant Bones (2008) and Nails (2011), all published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a chapbook, Obsessed with Mud, published by Poetry Harbor, Duluth, Minnesota. His seventh book, At Gloaming, will be published in March 2014. Caution: Thin Ice was a 1993 Minnesota Book Award finalist and Arrogant Bones was a 2008 Midwest Book Award finalist. Larry has won two Central Minnesota Arts Board grants and was awarded a 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Writers. Larry lives beside a large tamarack bog with his wife and their dog and cats in St. Wendel Township, Minnesota.
At Gloaming (available March 2014)
The Turning of Wheels
Caution: Thin Ice
Scales Out of Balance
Obsessed with Mud
Light, As a Feather
Amenable to spells, omens,
to simple beauty,
I pick up a black feather,
a tatter of night
fallen from a raven's cape;
become mesmerized by the prism of colors
it casts, this ebony feather
of no more or less mystical property
than anything else fallen from the sky,
yet intensely significant as the feather it is,
twirling between my fingertips,
catching and releasing light born of darkness.
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