Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BREUGHEL, by TIMOTHY LIU

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BREUGHEL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hatchet marks in the trunk of a pine

Hatchet marks in the trunk of a pine.
Winter cracking across that lake
where the ice fishers gather --
ashes and a burning coal.

What fire is this
that the ragged men who huddle there
now hold their hands out over it
like the apostles of old.

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