Silken the sheath is, when I try
at first to find
Beneath its leaves that simple ply
Will flower early in the field.
These strands that to my fingers yield
and seem to give
A whispering of all that may
After the silk is stripped away
and evening's near.
Jared Carter lives in Indiana. His fifth book, A Dance in the Street, is available from Wind Publications in Kentucky. A sixth, Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming in the spring of 2014 from the University of Nebraska Press. In 2010 he introduced the poetic form of the alexandroid and gave it its present name.