Monday, September 5, 2016
Walter Wangerin Jr.
The Book of the Dun Cow was inspired by a fable in Geoffery Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. It has been adapted into a musical, which was produced as an Off-Broadway show in 2006. Wangerin has written two sequels The Book of Sorrows (1985) and Peace At Last (2013).
He is a Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he has taught since 1991. Prior to this he served for 16 years as a Lutheran pastor in Evansville, Indiana.
The following poem first appeared in Ruminate.
The Bent World Broods
Among the branches of the wild cherry
tent worms weave white stomachs
of fog and the hungry air
of visible digestion
consuming green life and the evening leaf
each worm unspindling
the filament which in the night
will draw it peristaltic back to its tent
Among the branches a white ganglion
a wrack of
Moths flying on an adipose of digested leaf
Posted with permission of the poet.
Entry written by D.S. Martin. His latest poetry collection, Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis, is available from Wipf & Stock as is his earlier award-winning collection, Poiema.