"Archival Footage (Train Station)"

Nancy Kuhl


Fingers squared a frame, shaped

the camera's demanding sight.

What enters the eye: girl

gazing to green middle distance,

to far off concrete-seamed lot.

Cut then to her magnificent

friends, untouchable adolescent

promise glowing, waiting together

on the platform when off-screen

a voice shouts Run. The camera,

its reliable vision reels then,

spectacular panic of suburban

landscape. Sudden patch of sky—

corner of day so blue

it makes our mouths water.

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Author Bio: Nancy Kuhl’s recent books include Pine to Sound (Shearsman 2015) and The Birds of the Year (Grenfell Press 2017). She is Curator of Poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.