Spring Poetry Celebration: “Pyrocumulus” by Arthur Sze

Happy National Poetry Month from all of us at Copper Canyon Press! As we turn toward spring—a season of renewed hope—we invite you to take a moment to enjoy a poem by Arthur Sze from his gorgeous new collection, The Glass Constellation: New & Selected Poems:

by Arthur Sze

Peony shoots rise out of the earth;

at five a.m., walking up the ridge,

I mark how, in April, Orion’s left arm

was an apex in the sky, and, by May, 

only Venus flickered above the ridge

against the blue edge of sunrise.

In daylight, a pear tree explodes

with white blossoms—no black-

footed ferret slips across my path,

no boreal owl stirs on a branch.

At three a.m., dogs seethed and howled

when a black bear snagged a shriveled

apple off a branch; and, waking out

of a black pool, I glimpsed how

fire creates its own weather

in rising pyrocumulus. Reaching 

the ditch, I drop the gate: it’s time 

for the downhill pipes to fill, 

time for bamboo at the house 

to suck up water, time to see sunlight 

flare between leaves before 

the scorching edge of afternoon.

Get the Book

This spring, all the books featured in our National Poetry Month series—including The Glass Constellation—are available as gifts when you donate to Copper Canyon Press.  Make your gift of $35 or above using the form below, and receive one or more books from our new season:

  • $35 = choose one book 
  • $50 = choose two books
  • $75 or $100 = choose three books
  • $125 or $150 = receive all five books 

Choose from these new and forthcoming poetry collections:

Thank you!

Launch Party Livestream Spring 2021

Join us Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 5:00pm PT for our spring Launch Party Livestream—an online poetry reading, benefit, and celebration of five new books from our spring season, featuring Kelli Russell Agodon, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Arthur Sze, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Noah Warren.

Each poet will read from their new collection, and we’ll end the evening with a Q&A and opportunity to support Copper Canyon Press. Registration is free through Zoom, and all are welcome. See you there!