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Alaska Quarterly Review

THE CLOCK
 
Jane Hirshfield

Night pond,
the few leaves
floating:
absence-of-stars,
drifting over the surface.

But even
fallen things
disrupt each other.
Beauty, griefs turn over.
The leaves move
all night, slowly,
until they again are red.


About the Cover:
Disabled by floating ice while attempting to dock at St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands, the 96-foot fishing boat, Alaskan Monarch, with 50 tons of fresh caught crab in its hold, was helpless against the 35-knot winds, 12-foot waves, and jagged rocks. But in a harrowing rescue, all six crew members were plucked from harm's way by a Coast Guard Helicopter.      
   

Photo Cover
© Richard J. Murphy, 1997
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