“In The Beginning” by Sean Hill

Places to start: our mother’s heart, first
sound to prove our ears—tells us we’re not
one; or the fish, fowl, cattle, and thirst
for dominion and those words beat to wrought

this reality; or one fish, two fish,
since two is all one needs to make other
of another which explains our clannish
ways, and though I’m from the South—am Southern

—I know the tropics and snows and the ways
of their folks, how they make the people of
themselves, but of others, colors and vague
shapes as here I’ve done the same and struggled

not to and failed. From beat one there’s no end
to the spreading differences we apprehend.

Sean Hill
About The Author
- Born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read in 2015 by the Georgia Center for the Book, (UGA Press, 2008). He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from Cave Canem, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University, and, most recently, from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in several anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles. Hill is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press, a monthly broadside publisher. He’s an assistant professor in the creative writing program at UA-Fairbanks. More information, as well as poems, can be found at his website: www.seanhillpoetry.com.