30 North Road

for Sylvia

by Rodger Martin


Early morning riser, sylvan

like shadowed solitude of dawn

like the glide of owl or heron,

a wisp of mist, a spotted fawn

moving with padded soles, angel

to pileated knocking, chime

in the thrush’s fluted ramble,

perfumed with scent of knotty pine:


Each morning of the sun-lipped week

she comes to listen, not to speak.



Rodger Martin’s third poetry volume, The Battlefield Guide, (Hobblebush) uses locations on battlefields of the Civil War to reflect upon America today. Small Press Review selected The Blue Moon Series, (Hobblebush) as a bi-monthly pick of the year. He received an Appalachia poetry award, a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been translated in On the Monadnock: New Pastoral Poetry released in China, 2007. He serves as an editor in The Granite State Poetry Series.

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