Merging


off an overlong
on-ramp, foot
nearly to floorboard,
radio on—The Doors’
 “L.A. Woman,”
Morrison’s voice
gone raucous
with velocity
as if score
for the mini indie
in your mirror:
blurred billboard
diminishing, trees
shrinking, median
tapering, backs
of traffic signs
swallowed—
clouds, even sky
drawn into the past, 
spawning recollection
of a narrowing
riverscape, 
its exponentially
swift drift toward
the falls, while
you and your luck
hurl into the future,
pavement
conveyor belt
hauled out
from under you.  

 
 
Karl Elder Photo by Benjamin Wilks

Karl Elder
Photo by Benjamin Wilks

Karl Elder is the Jacob and Lucile Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence at Lakeland College as well as author of nine collections of poetry, including Gilgamesh at the Bellagio, forthcoming from The National Poetry Review Prize Book Series; Phobophobia;  A Man in Pieces; The Geocryptogrammatist’s Pocket Compendium of the United States; The Minimalist’s How-to  Handbook; and, from Marsh River Editions of Marshfield, Wisconsin, Mead: Twenty-six Abecedariums.  His work has also appeared in A Fine Excess: Fifty Years of the Beloit Poetry Journal; September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond;  Poetry Daily Essentials 2007; and many  other anthologies. In 2016 Pebblebrook Press published Elder’s aural novel, Earth as It Is on Heaven.