Mary Buchinger

and after begins
the art of subtraction

the digging to find
what was before

cars follow plows
blinking yellow

along temporary-walled
salted paths

but the river practices
addition  lying still

folded into blankets
quiet and absorbing

in this world white
as a padded room

Mary Buchinger is the author of two collections of poetry, Aerialist and Roomful of Sparrows. Her poems have appeared in Agni, Cortland Review, Diagram, Gargoyle, Nimrod International, Pank, Salamander, Slice Magazine, Massachusetts Review and elsewhere. She was a featured reader at the Library of Congress and has received numerous poetry awards, including the Varoujan and Houghton. She is Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston. (