MN poetry: Greg Hewett’s “Under the Sun”

Greg Hewett is the author of four books of poetry, most recently darkacre (Coffee House Press 2010). He has received Fulbright fellowships to Denmark and Norway and is currently Associate Professor of English at Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota.

Under the Sun

Through the drone of mowers,

between the cries of girls jumping rope,

under the rumble of his own skateboard

the boy detects a whispering in the grass,

and in the bed of tulips he hears

a roaring like fire underground.

Yet a still deeper silence pulls him

in widening parabolas

through the blue oak shade,

makes him believe he can escape

to the ocean floor, to outer space.

– “Under the Sun,” by Greg Hewett, as it appears in Red Suburb published by Coffee House Press. Reprinted here with permission from the publisher.

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