NER Classics | Northern Insomnia | Mark Jarman

Mark Jarman’s poem “Northern Insomnia” appeared in NER 13.3-4:

Passing out of the rain into dull cloudlight,
heather, a field of sleep, and rock,
Into the discovery of water
And with it the recognition of wind.

Dark water, water showing,
In a basin cut lengthwise below a hill,
Nothing of the sky, a sheepish gray,
Nothing of the eye’s desire for rest…

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