White pebbles unraked for who knows how long, and strewn with sticks from a recent storm— I was going to clear them off until I saw a small sign asking visitors to leave the garden as they found it. Even when it’s a mess? I pondered that like a Zen koan and decided yes. The wind in the trees seemed to agree: spots of sunlight shimmered and danced across the white stones, then swarmed together like sentient beings.
Jeffrey Harrison’s sixth full-length book of poetry, Between Lakes, was published by Four Way Books in September 2020. His previous book, Into Daylight, won the Dorset Prize and was published by Tupelo Press in 2014. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, and his poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prizevolumes, and been featured in American Life in Poetry, The Writer’s Almanac, Poetry Daily, and other online and media venues. He lives in Massachusetts and can also be found at jeffreyharrisonpoet.com.