Exist

Exist

One could anchor and exist, as most
of the water would someday divide
overnight, to want and worse.


from pages 192-193 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Navigation

Navigation

Which navigation is the mouth?
Open its history collided
with all the pieces of you.


from pages 286-287 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Wing

Wing

Happy, he said was
to be asked to balance
like a wing sinking in morning.


from pages 130-131 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Bottle

Bottle

You were bloom, mouth red,
nobody to swallow.
The city’s evening was drink
you couldn't bottle.
I mean it was morning
rushing for blue.


from pages 240-241 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Fever

Fever

Fever gave all those a quiet word
to fill the darkness.
Talk beat an eye with a disturbing
thought; this ridiculous
business of popularity.


from pages 262-263 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Voice

Voice

The end of voice
is to understand the last
time you needed
to be fighting.


from page 101 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017)

Spark

Spark

Life planted a spark.
The risk requires one
to be common, 
to have mistakes,
to go back
without harming
other people.


from pages 314-315  of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Burned

Burned

One of the Great Lakes
is equal to the cost of
what power is
in fear of unraveling,
due to a number
burned over the surface
of when
to find
the next shoreline.


from pages 146-147 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017)

Move

Move

I disappear and become rain.
This force that likes to move
a handful of gravity into water.


from pages 270-271 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Obstacle

Obstacle

Spent, their hands move slowly
as sugar and press
the last obstacle of each other.


from pages 172-173 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017)

Ferocity

Ferocity

Death declared the wolf such
a suspect that does witness
the aftermath of a reputation.
Like ferocity, they return,
alone with fire, bones
and the river. 


from pages 64-65 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Order

Order

Call fish
the introduction of order.
The future
would turn into its
returned life.


from pages 88-89 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Billions

Billions

The human billions can
suspect themselves a reaction
to each original piece of light.
One would glow beautifully
among the electric.


from pages 170-171 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Have

Have

Take
the volume of one
nobody,
so even
a word
would have the will.


from pages 272-273 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Provide

Provide

To return to water I drank
from what was nameless.
Now nobody believed in an end.
The waters had to provide.


from pages 260-261 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Take

Take

Take the thought of the future and try
to raise everything there would be,
if we are coming back.


from pages 86-87 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Nowhere

Nowhere

Now, all the nowhere
has the pretty panic.
In one moment
touch turned
the water to shells.


from pages 198-199 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Divide

Divide

Death meant to divide
the people from the river.
So much had become trouble
when the earth started to wake.


from pages 152-153 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Sea

Sea

The name of the sea
had begun to hold fire
for the beast that didn't
devour what life provided.


from pages 46-47 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

One

One

Is it enough when
I take
the mouths, 
one by one
as litany?


from pages 52-53 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).