Thread of the Real


by Joseph Hutchison


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Winter Sunrise Outside a Café Near Butte, Montana

A crazed sizzle of blazing bees
in the word EAT. Beyond it,
thousands of stars have faded
like deserted flowers in the thin
light washing up in the distance,
flooding the snowy mountains
bluff by bluff. Moments later,
the sign blinks, winks dark,
and a white-aproned cook —
surfacing in the murky sheen
of the window — leans awhile
like a cut lily … staring out
into the famished blankness
he knows he must go home to.

Channel One

At times our mind burns
like a TV turned on low
in the next room. A crow’s
cackle gets through the noise,
but the hummingbird’s whir’s
drowned out. Why the mind
tunes in to just one channel
is a mystery. But day after day
it delivers up the same thin
shadow-dance, the same
jingles and canned laughter —
then dreams it all over all night.

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Conundrum Press









5.5 x 8.5

Publication Date

May 2012



The Author

Joseph Hutchison

Joseph Hutchison

Joseph Hutchison is the current Colorado Poet Laureate and author of eleven collections of poetry in addition to Thread of the Real, which include The Rain at MidnightBed of Coals (winner of the 1994 Colorado Poetry Award), House of MirrorsThe Undersides of Leaves, and the Colorado Governor’s Award volume Shadow-Light. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Hutchison teaches graduate level writing courses at the University of Denver’s University College. He lives with his wife Melody Madonna in Indian Hills, a small community in the foothills southwest of Denver.

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