Eremic Discourse

a poem by
VIVIAN WAGNER | Professor + Writer

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I REMEMBER pieces of quartz on hillsides,
granite and obsidian, a mineral wealth.
I remember not thinking about the rocks,
not knowing their value, not understanding
what I had, what lay beneath my feet.
I remember climbing mountains of lava,
one planet reaching towards others,
speaking an old lithic tongue.
I remember pebbles in my throat,
desert sand in my eyes, all of them
teaching me earth’s words for itself.

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Vivian Wagner is an associate professor of English at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. She is the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington), and a poetry collection, The Village (Kelsay Books).