“As the Hart Panteth After the Water Brooks,” a Poem by Luke Hathaway

From the Collection The Affirmations

April 22, 2022  By Luke Hathaway

Water, they say,
is taught by thirst:
thirst has worn
the path that winds
uphill to the well
where I went, as I thought,

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for my water and where
I met you first—
I met you there
and now I know
that thirst is also
taught by water.


Excerpted from The Affirmations by Luke Hathaway. Copyright © Luke Hathaway, 2022, with permission by Biblioasis. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Luke Hathaway
Luke Hathaway
Luke Hathaway is a trans poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. He has been before now at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. His book Years, Months, and Days was named a best book of 2018 in The New York Times. He mentors new librettists as a faculty member in the Amadeus Choir’s Choral Composition Lab, and makes music with Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA.

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