“Cliff Notes,” a Poem by Diane Glancy

                 The redeemer comes a dark way.
                              Theodore Roethke, “The Shape of the Fire”

I follow you as you follow the one above you.
You take the cliff, the trees, the deer on your wings.
I am behind you watching the ground over which we fly.
If you go without me, leave a study guide of the land you take—
the rock pillars— the pines— a summary of love and what it is and
how it lifts what cannot be carried.

Diane Glancy is professor emerita at Macalester College. Currently, she teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. Her 2019 poetry books are “It Was Over There by That Place,” the Atlas Chapbook Series, and “The Book of Bearings,” Wipf & Stock. In 2020, Turtle Point Press published “Island of the Innocent, a Consideration of the Book of Job.” Her awards and other books are on her website www.dianeglancy.com

Published by Chloe Seim

Chloe Chun Seim is a writer living in Lawrence, Kansas. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in LitMag, North American Review, Yemassee, Hobart, Potomac Review, and others. She holds an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her short story collection, CHURN, was named a finalist for the 2020 St. Lawrence Book Award and 2021 Hudson Prize. She is the winner of the 2021 Anton Chekov Flash Fiction Award from LitMag.

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