Issue 8 – Summer 2005 – Edward Byrne

Edward Byrne


Crescent Moon

The slim crescent of an early
            moon lifts between ribs of winter

trees. Appearing as clear
            as any pressed silk-screen image

might if backed by black
            cloth, the night sky’s new imprint

of stars is now spreading
            overhead, its slow swirl of constellations

already showing, coiled
            above that dark square of bare ground

where a few months ago
            our back-yard garden flowers had grown.

Last night, a moonless sky
            was crowded with clouds the color

of ash passing low aloft,
            snow blowing all about below those

gray shapes as they moved
            through until morning, closing off 

that arrangement of stars still
            lighting the other side of the horizon.



Edward Byrne has had five collections of poetry published, most recently East of Omaha (Pecan Grove Press, 1998) and Tidal Air (Pecan Grove Press, 2002). His poems have also appeared in numerous literary journals, including American Literary ReviewAmerican Poetry ReviewAmerican ScholarThe Literary ReviewMissouri ReviewNorth American ReviewQuarterly West, and Southern Humanities Review. He is a professor in the English Department at Valparaiso University, where he also edits Valparaiso Poetry Review.