The Poetic Hill


Gregory Luce is the author of four books of poetry: “Signs of Small Grace,” “Drinking Weather,” Memory and Desire,” and “Tile,” and has been published widely in print and online. He is the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Retired from National Geographic, he currently works as a volunteer writing tutor for 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students enhance their creative and expository writing skills.



perfectly fixed
         in their moment

of ripeness
         dead now

before the artist
         also dead now

intimate and near
         and distant

as the dead stars
         whose light I see

at this moment


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