What does a landscape dream of in its unsettled dreams?

Of snowpack still ten feet deep. Of going to sleep

to the sound of sea-drenched wind and waking

to rain in the basement. Of yet another dream

in which nearly every room in the house

is rearranged. Boulder in bathroom. Old growth

hemlock blocking the stairwell. Kitchen faucet

turned to river torrent. Caddis uncased and floating

in yesterday’s soup.  Fish seeking shelter

in the bedroom closet. The front porch

somewhere at the bottom of the reservoir.

The lock on the dam picked clean.

And this mountainside sliding

into a new zip code.



For Fred Swanson

Todd Davis teaches creative writing, American literature, and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona College. He is the author of collections of poetry including Winterkill, In the Kingdom of the Ditch, and Ripe. His poetry has been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor, on The Writer’s Almanac, and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry. His poems have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Editor’s Prize, and have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize.