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Rustin Larson’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, Saranac Review, Poets/Artists  and other magazines.  He is the author of The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009) and Crazy Star (selected for the Loess Hills Book’s Poetry Series in 2005). Larson won 1st Editor’s Prize from Rhino magazine in 2000 and has won prizes for his poetry from The National Poet Hunt and The Chester H. Jones Foundation among others. A seven-time Pushcart nominee, and graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing, Larson was an Iowa Poet at The Des Moines National Poetry Festival in 2002 & 2004, a featured writer in the DMACC Celebration of the Literary Arts in 2007 & 2008, and he was a featured poet at the Poetry at Round Top Festival in May 2012.

 

THE PHILOSOPHER SAVANT VISUALIZES A PAST
INCARNATION AND DEATH AS A PIONEER WOMAN

Then night came and I thought of flowers,
And back again, and closed in memory,
Their blue petals inward and drunk; I’d lie
And think and see fire-stormed earth,
A bright field of humming flies.  The birth
Of flowers in their doorstep shade.  “What’s left?”
They ask, open slowly, bereft.
I always thought flowers were women,
A dress tapering into the new sun.   These hands
Pick the fire flowers, darkness in part,
Sun in the other.  Close the cabinet,
Cover my earth.  Shovel on the rich heart,
Crown star, traveler’s joy, blazing vetch.