Poetry by Douglas Cole

Photograph of a river in winter, with bare trees on the shoreline.

Towns rise indelible as ideas that recur
every generation, longing human voices
in the quiet forest where we wander.
Sudden river, I had almost forgotten
your secret, fierce drive through stone,
this electric green and crows emerging
from the other side of vales we yet imagine.

Douglas Cole published six poetry collections and the novel The White Field, winner of the American Fiction Award. In addition to the American Fiction Award, he was awarded the Leslie Hunt Memorial prize in poetry, the Editors’ Choice Award for fiction by RiverSedge, and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart and Best of the Net. He lives and teaches in Seattle, Washington. His website is

Photo by Robin Canfield on Unsplash

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