Christopher Middleton provides a string of poems about birds
the barn owl on his beam,Gregory O'Brien gives us a set of poems based on the Spanish exploration of Doubtful Sound, New Zealand in 1793.
kestrel swivelling on a shaft of air
the ways their plummage
fits the planes
or tunnels in the air,
lonesome the loon calls back birds of Ur,
birds of Babylon,
for brilliant breeds have perished probably.
Punta de EspinosaCarrie Etter takes us along McLean County Highway 39
Together we played the wind-tossed
waters of Wet Jacket Arm.
tar shrugs goes to dirtAstrid van Baalen writes of The saddest tree at Kew
gravel's slow crunch over
winter with no hill for
frost to the horizon
There are words that twist the finger rawJanice Fixter has been to Staffa
like only once, and yet again once more.
There's a wooden boat lurching against the storm tideI know the feeling, ever since August 1984, just the name brings the music into my head and the cry of "green tarpaulins" but that's another story.
and for the first time violins are stringing out Hebridean notes
inside a stranger's head.
Also impressive in this issue, of which I've mentioned but a fraction, are George Messo's translations of Birhan Keskin.
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