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Alexander Etheridge

Guiding Fire

after Rolf Jacobsen

As a way to get back home

I look everywhere for the roads

I barely recall—In the absolute

quiet, you can hear

other voices

guiding you back

again—In the deep end of November

dusks, you begin to see

paper lanterns light up

along the old dirt roads—

It takes so long to get there

and it takes another lifetime

walking slowly

toward home.

About the Author: Alexander Etheridge has been developing his poems and translations since 1998. His poems have been featured in The Potomac Review, Scissors and Spackle, Ink Sac, Cerasus Journal, The Cafe Review, The Madrigal, Abridged Magazine, Susurrus Magazine, The Journal, Roi Faineant Press, and many others. He was the winner of the Struck Match Poetry Prize in 1999, and a finalist for the Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize in 2022. He is the author of, God Said Fire, and the forthcoming, Snowfire and Home.



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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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