Our far-flung Western net-desk night editor Tom Sexton, once the Poet Laureate of Alaska and always a distinguished alumnus of Lowell High School, sent this new poem inspired by a work of art he bought from Bill Giavis, a legend at the Brush Gallery in Market Mills downtown.—PM
Monoprint of the Concord River Mills
for Bill Giavis
Far from the scene hanging on my wall,
a few battered old brick mills remain.
I’ve seen trees growing out of their
sagging roofs as if strong roots can
keep their walls from falling floor by
floor into the river below, but in the print
every brick, every wall, glows as if
it’s made of light. Is that bridge piling
rising from the river granite or a pillar of salt?
—Tom Sexton (c) 2014