James Reed, Untitled [Crow Face], 2018, lithograph on paper, Fairfield University Art Museum

Corvus Corone

Explored as an ekphrasis in conversation with Fairfield University Museum of Art’s recent exhibition, this poem stretches itself between James Reed’s haunting lithographs and my own interest in the crow/raven’s arcing flight across world mythology.


Heat and light encircle
the sun in rays and waves
unseen to human eye
unless—until sheltered
by an eclipse. So strange
the dark allows a glimpse
of what was always there.