After Celan

for the garden of
iron helmets the
blackish cherry
of dreamers was
in the cherry
tree’s branches
(you) nailed to
so comes air
shoes buckled onto
shoes on to diamonds
spur the horseman
of steel up his
shield bears your smile
ready on /
unshod / a crunching
(iron) out the dusk
the rose will climb
who resembles you
most: looms through
delicate hands and
the foliage that
(gates the sky)


K.M. English has recent poems appearing or forthcoming in cream city review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Matter, and other places. She has received scholarship support from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and recently completed a first collection, WAVE SAYS. The language of "After Celan" is from Paul Celan's "In the Cherry-Tree's Branches..."