Jared Carter, “Wordless”

Jared Carter’s Darkened Rooms of Summer was the first book selected for the Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry Series and was published in 2014 by the University of Nebraska Press. Carter lives in Indiana.

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Step down. It comes up to your knees.
    The current stays
The same. In all this silence, be
    a mind that plays

Across the stream, unleashing line
    and tethered fly
Until such gestures recombine,
    and from this ply

Of light and water, language brims –
    as shadows know,
Without a word, where each has been,
    where each will go.





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