Spring Poetry Celebration: “Wind” by Noah Warren

Happy Earth Day from all of us at Copper Canyon Press! To celebrate, we offer Noah Warren’s poem “Wind”—a poem that beautifully shows the interdependence of humans and our planet.

On May 5th, join us at a special book launch featuring Noah reading from his new book, The Collected Stories, alongside Arthur Sze, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, and Kelli Russell Agodon. Register for the event here, or scroll below for more info.


by Noah Warren

                    threw the pot of aloe from the balcony. 
Bone yellow with a crackle glaze: 
I was sitting close, I saw it teeter 
on the railing, the iron swaying— 

There are so many plants. 

On slender, ringed necks 
the old palms whipped up and down, 
and shone, and broke 
on the wind. 
The squat ones nodded. 

I was wearing my hat and above me 
a lake of blue fire. Volts of cream 
came swirling off 
the mountains, rushed across it, 
and, twisting, tore apart. 

I was walking up into the foothills, 
I walked and walked. The day changed 
in its sad, orange way. 
I was unfree as the flowering pear trees, 
unfree as the brown-cap birds tearing 
the petals from their branches, 
gobbling mouthfuls 
of softness— 

Warm rocks at my back, 
valley in front of me. Oh valley 

dark in the shadow, and dark in the light.


Get the Book

This spring, all the books featured in our National Poetry Month series—including The Complete Stories—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!