Untitled Country Review (ISSN 2152-7903), published quarterly during 2010-2013, features poetry, book reviews, photography, and short works of non-fiction. Thank you for visiting.

Issue 7 - Thomas Zimmerman

Raven Sculpture
Playa/Summer Lake, OR


“Caw!” caws the crow, the smartest of the birds.
Black flag alighting on the land, it speaks
just like a Western man: “That that is, is.”

The creeks and streams that vein the earth; the curds
that nourish, clumping over roots; the peaks
new-old with snow; four clear horizons; fizz

and twitter low and high in trees; and some-
thing humped and scuttling through the underbrush.
The rot and blossom blend. The wellsprings gush.
The breeze lies down to let the silence come.

Click-clicking, sucking sounds. A plop and thrum.
A red leaf drifting fast until the mush
below the branches slows its fall. A hush,
and then a roll of thunder, not a drum.

--Thomas Zimmerman

Thomas Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits two literary magazines at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. His chapbook In Stereo: Thirteen Sonnets and Some Fire Music is forthcoming from The Camel Saloon Books on Blog.

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