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Stan Galloway

Stan Galloway teaches at Bridgewater College in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. His poetry includes Just Married (unbound CONTENT, 2013) and two chapbooks. His reviews of poetry have been published in such places as New Orleans Review and Paterson Literary Review. His book of literary criticism is The Teenage Tarzan (McFarland, 2010). He is founder and host of the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival.

 

from Rhapsody in Blues

Niagara Blues
After Hippolyte Sebron’s Chutes du Niagara en hiver, 1856


Stark blue-white ecoscape in water
                                                                                      ice and snow
two states co-existing:
                                                       I remember
Marilyn looking over
                                                  the lady of the mist
ghost or hope or
                                     sad misunderstanding of the self
broad and flowing
                                          hardened into stasis
1856, 1952, and now
                                            all one
the passionate rush and roar
                                                                    muted into still, compacted splinters
the soft
                 deception of snow
and when the falls have frozen over
                                                                                      the everlasting promise
of water mumbling
                                             where no one stands