The Adirondack Review
Signposts of Rapture


So flooded with sunshine
I awake to the taste of star fire,
a river of gold coursing in my limbs.

In Utah, everything is light.
Houses shine like whitewashed stucco,
eyes trapped in a perpetual squint.

A watch flashing in the sun,
a knife turned sideways
is an explosion on the retina, 

a red cloud of migraine
haloing the horizon of vision.
We arsenal hats, shades, sunscreen,

erect barriers against its pummeling arrows,
still the angel of pyres marches on,
setting the hours ablaze like signposts of war.

Yet I long for that heavenly singeing,
the celestial downpour
that fills my eyes with terror. 

Why is beauty synonymous with danger?
Why do we long for the unattainable?
Though blinded by miracles

we stand unruptured, yearning for a sky
unclouded by wings or leaves, filling
the immensity with our white cries.









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CLARA CHANGXIN FANG has been published in Runes, Pebble Lake Review, The Washington Post, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, among others.  She is currently a graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Utah in 2007.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems