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The Ice Decides


01.27.12 Posted in today's words by

A recent Best of the Net nominee, 7-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and National Park Artist-in-Residence, Karla Linn Merrifield has had poetry appear in dozens of publications and anthologies. She has 6 books to her credit, including her new chapbook,The Urn, from Finishing Line Press. She has 2 forthcoming titles: The Ice Decides: Poems of Antarctica(Finishing Line Press) and Athabaskan Fractal and Other Poems of the Far North (Salmon Press). Karla co-edited Liberty’s Vigil, The Occupy Anthology: 99 Poets among the 99%, released from FootHills Press in January 2012. She was founding poetry editor of Sea Stories and now reviews books for The Centrifugal Eye and teaches at Writers & Books, Rochester NY. Visit her blog.

The Ice Decides
By Karla Linn Merrifield

The ice decides
where I can go.
The ice divides
life from death,
safe passage from abyss.
But it is the light
on the ice that defines
beauty, terror, silence,
the blue awe of Antarctica.






2 Responses to “The Ice Decides”

  1. Jean says:

    Marvelous, and in so few words!

    Thank you!
    Jean

  2. bobbie troy says:

    Love this. Powerful, great imagery in few words. My favorite kind of poetry.

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