A Poem By Adam Clay

After the Tour

On the way to the train station,
an admission that moments, details,

are slipping away already—
it’s bound to happen anyhow,

but it’s what
memory does best in failing:

the drops
of rain in the Bywater

become a byproduct
of salt in the air like

a sound. Sometimes we all
feel a bit
distant from ourselves,

a periphery off the map,

arriving like a new person
in old skin,

jotting down adjunct thoughts
and images to store

in gloss and harmony
with each tree we touched

without feeling, each ending
already decided with more

hope than ink, with
a touch of potential,
a touch of unravel.


Adam Clay is the author of Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016), A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Boston Review, Iowa Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. A co-editor of TYPO Magazine, he serves as a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review and teaches at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Biography Photo Credit: Jacques-Alain Finkeltroc
About the Author /

Christopher Blackman is a poet and educator. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Ohio State University. His poems have been published in the Atlas Review. He was a 2015 teaching fellow with the Kenyon Review Young Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Manhattan, where he is an MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia University.

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