At first you did not guess, could not
It waited in the shadows. Caught,
You were encircled, made to climb
That never ceased. Brought there each time
and pinioned so,
You came to see how that slow grind
of hidden gears
That lifted you had made you blind
to all their fears.
Jared Carter is the author of five
books of poetry. A sixth collection, The Darkened Rooms of Summer, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. Carter’s first
book, Work, for the Night Is Coming, received the Walt Whitman
Award. He is the
recipient of a number of national awards and honors since then, including a
Guggenheim Fellowship and two fellowships from the National Endowment
for the Arts.