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The Huancabamba Depression

July 7, 2009

Here in Peru, the Andes change direction
job markets transmute at home
rain-shadowed landscapes form
ubiquitous suspension
in dry forests where the cordillera fragments
as pleasures cloud
deciduous acacia rise in river valleys
nest eggs drain
sedges and scrophs spread at our feet
foreclosures germinate
the río Marañón rushes through narrow gorges
stress tests pressure banks
angel’s trumpet boast toxic flowers
while bonuses startle
the spatuletail and the tapir live endangered
homelessness surges
here in this tectonic barrier
depression of credit
outside the level ranges of mountain
and mood

by Judith Terzi

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  1. July 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Ms. Terzi…
    I enjoyed your poem very much. With finely developed imagery, you shared with the reader what appears to be a very personal experience. I know “sedges,” but “scrophs” is now part of my lexicon. It was a geologic tour that connected me to all the parts of this place including a few fragrances.

  2. July 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    The poem meant so much more to me when I heard it read. Her voice, somehow, differentiated the four (or more) sorts of depressions at work here. And it’s even got music in it!

  3. Robert
    July 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Ms. Terzi:

    You have a keen ability to arouse the senses with visual images and strong emotional connections, with a lyrical presentation of the juxtaposition of truth. You transport with your words and the wisdom of your delivery. Blessed are those overflowing with talent.

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