Collecting Chanterelles

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Photo by Brock

The river is visible from the bluffs.
No exact map shapes
for the slope
of what’s out there.

Creation attempting to find
its level. Then at my feet
an offering of plums.
My father’s delight.

I keep my hands in my pockets,
my eye on the horizon.
The end is ash and bone,
small things for the earth to consume.

Ian Randall Wilson’s fiction and and poetry have appeared in a number of literary journals including the North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. A short story collection, Hunger and Other Stories, was published by Hollyridge Press (2000). He has an MFA in Poetry and Fiction from Warren Wilson College and is on the fiction faculty at the UCLA Extension. By day, he works at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles.

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