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Derrick Austin

Derrick Austin

Derrick Austin is the author of Tenderness, forthcoming from BOA Editions in September 2021, and Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). He is a 2019–21 Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

'Miracle Play', a poem by Derrick Austin

June 2021, no. 432 26 May 2021
All morning, I read about Christian mystics. After a long bath, I wear a caftan and silver ring.Intolerable hours of waiting for you. I plunge my hands in ice water. The sun is red and low when I meet you by the fountain. Houses on steep hills light up. You speakto me with your deep voice like a man hammering in a forge. I thrill at the sound like a dog. We watch a miracle play performed by homo ... (read more)