Indian River by Wallace Stevens


Indian River
by Wallace Stevens

The trade-wind jingles the rings in the nets around racks by the docks on Indian River.
It is the same jingle of the water among roots under the banks of the palmettoes,
It is the same jingle of the red-bird breasting the orange-trees out of the cedars.
Yet there is no spring in Florida, neither in boskage perdu, nor on the nunnery beaches.

PHOTO: Indian River Lagoon (Florida). Photo by Florida Institute of Technology. Check out their research and work on the site here.

NOTE: The Indian River Lagoon is a grouping of three lagoons on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. During the last glacial period, which ended 15,000 years ago, the ocean receded. The area that is now the lagoon was grassland, 30 miles from the shore. When the glacier melted, the sea rose, and the lagoon remained as captured water. Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere, and is home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals.

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