“Premonition” A Poem by Honor Moore

From the Reprinted 1988 Collection Memoir

November 19, 2019  By Honor Moore

Brink of September. Mountains rise as I drive.
I enter where they are highest, where clear springs
wash trunks of spruce, where white everlastings
splash dusk-dark meadows, where north means wild.

Lake ringed with mountains. I shout, hear it back,
back. I do not imagine in days I will
touch your face, trace with my fingers what it has
lived without me. I shampoo, dive to rinse.

Labor Day. I gather tomatoes, twist ripe
zucchini from ridged vines, pluck lettuce, crush
basil for your return. I hike home through birch
carrying new caught trout. At the slide I strip.

Sun heats bright moss. Brook foams fast through cleft
concrete. I sit, let it rush me wet down smooth
rock to a pool clean of twigs. Cold water whirls
to my skin, quick as the breath of fresh passion.


Memoir Carnegie Mellon

Excerpted from Honor Moore’s 1988 Memoir, available now from Carnegie Mellon University Press. First Carnegie Mellon University Press Classic Contemporaries Edition, October 2019. Copyright © 2019 by Honor Moore.

Honor Moore
Honor Moore
Honor Moore is the author of the several books, including Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury, The Bishop’s Daughter, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter, a New York Times Notable Book. She is the editor of two volumes in Library of America’s American Poets Project: Poems from the Women’s Movement and Amy Lowell: Selected Poems.

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