Hollowing the Wood by Tony Cosier

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September 15, 2015 by northerncardinalreview

To keep the structure from splitting,
he hollows the log at the back.
Splicing the grain with a stone axe
is work he can understand.
Flexing up calf through the knees,
heaving from haunches to shoulder,
he breathes deep and smells timber
tangy and musky and moist.

He slows,
scoops downward,
rounding the incurve
smooth to the flow of his hand.

He listens for birds
and farther birds.
Listens to river on rock.

Rests,
as the good saint has rested
hundreds of years.
St. Laurent should not be unwilling
to wait for another small hour
for Gilles Dubois of Deux Montagnes
to turn to the front and begin.

Tony Cosier of Ottawa is the author of ten volumes of poetry, six plays, a novel, and a book of stories.  His poetry has been widely published in literary magazines such as Antigonish Review, Arc, Canadian Literature, Nashwaak Review, Prairie Journal,  New Quarterly, Tower, Windsor Review in Canada; Blueline, Cape Rock, Potomac Review, Time of Singing, West Branch in the United States;  Dreamcatcher, The Journal, Pennine Platform, Poetry Nottingham, The Reader, Smiths Knoll in England; as well as Poetry Australia, Poetry New Zealand, Prism International and International Poetry Review.  His most recent poetry book is Carillonneur by Penumbra Press.

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