Issue 2.2

Summer 2022
2.2 Daniel S

Daniel Stevenson

Reflection

The poems were written as a certain reckoning with the state of the world, or more meaningfully, my immediate and natural surroundings. I'd love to see readers read these poems with all the attention of an afternoon walk, picking up on congruence and the lack of it, but still with the intent of joy through movement. I read many books at a time, for better or worse, but a few that come to mind during the writing of these poems are The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, and Indian Summer Recycling by Nathan Hauke.

Birdsong

Sunburnt leaves in heat

tendrils droop and crisp

it’s like I need the pressure of [it]

 

to get a full night’s sleep

to have anything to write about

 

sing into my mouth

 

trees braided and clothed

muffled and staked low

I make myself sit on the porch and

 

pick apart birdsongs

 

I get all the words wrong

every melody is           grief

a          single               spinning          leaf

 

Bathing in the scene

the weight of everything

it’s a practice to be free

 

I awake to

 

a butterfly above palm fronds

a squirrel exchange in the juniper

quick embrace of the breeze

 

a woman whistling on the street

Daniel Stevenson is a writer and musician in Durham, NC. His writing focuses on the environmental and seasonal influence on human experience. He has a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University, and his writing has appeared on The Inertia, Chapel Hill Magazine, as well as in the lyrics of his musical project, Unaka Prong. His poetry has been published in magazines such as Sunday Night Bombers and Pollen.

Daniel's Music Recommendations

Soundkeeper by Gunn-Truscinski Duo

Becalmyounglovers by Bowerbirds

Blind Date Party by Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy