Bone-house | Katrinka Moore

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What’s all this juice and all this joy,
bounding spirit in the bone-house?
Where from and bound, I wonder, where?
What’s all this joy and all this juice?
Give beauty back, beauty, beauty,
share life as life does air.
All this — this juice, this joy — unbinds
the spirit in the bone-house.

Source: Poems and Prose. Gerard Manley Hopkins. Lines taken from: “Spring,” “The Caged Skylark,” “The Lantern out of Doors,” “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo,” and “The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe”

About the Author
Katrinka Moore is the author of three poetry books: Numa (Aqueduct Press, 2014), Thief (BlazeVOX, 2009), and This is Not a Story (Finishing Line Press, 2003), which won the New Women’s Voices Prize. Her poems appear in the anthologies This Full Green Hour, The Best of the Texas Poetry Calendar, and Milkweed Editions’ Stories from Where We Live. Recent work is in online journals Otoliths, MungBeing,, First Literary Review-East, and Dépositions, le blog.