The Last Window

Christopher Nelson



In the rectangle of light

where you first consider God possible


he is breathing beside you

—maybe there is a way


maybe there was a way—

Leaves of red and rot


the grovel the shovel the garbage garden

And then the snow, the blue snow


and you’re in another century

pulling a handcart full of hens


as Father taught you to:

avoiding the ruts, ignoring the cold


One lacey wing in amber

one wild warder—





Christopher Nelson is a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and MFA candidate at the University of Arizona. In 2009 his chapbook Blue House was published by the Poetry Society of America. His interviews with poets can be read at