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Weekly Poem for 14 December 2009

  • Like the Ghost of a Carrier Pigeon

    In a couple of hours darkness will throw its blanket

    over the scene    she will pretend to read a mystery
                                     the mower and hammering will cease

    The bees leave the andromeda and then

    So much has been spent constructing a plausible life
    she did not hear the engines of dissent run down

    Some still attempt to cover the skull with the wire of their hair
                                               others shave everything instead

    A solitary relives the pleasure of releasing his bird

    There is no sacrosanct version    there is only time

    Even now   if someone yells Avalanche    she has one
    Thoughts shudder against the ribs and go still

    Soon the son would be out running around in her car
    with a sore throat    soon the decibels commence killing off hair cells

    She checks to see if the phone is charged and then

    The ones responsible for slaying the dreamer are mostly in the ground
    but the ones responsible for slaying the dream

               suffer only metabolic syndrome

    Even now    now that her supply of contact lenses has dwindled
                                    she was refusing to sing the Wal-Mart song

    The bees would be back and then

    All efforts at reconciliation aside    even if everyone exchanged germs
                                             happiness is only for amateurs

    A dress worn only once before has been hung on the door
                                   the mirror under the cloth receives its image

    by C.D. Wright

    © C.D. Wright, 2009.

    Deeply personal and politically ferocious, Wright’s thirteenth collection Rising, Falling, Hovering (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) addresses, as Wright has said elsewhere, “the commonly felt crises of [our] times” — from illegal immigration and the specific consequences of empire to the challenges of parenting and the honesty required of human relationships.

    C.D. Wright has published over a dozen works of poetry and prose. Among her honours are the Robert Creeley Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives near Providence, Rhode Island. To learn more about her work, click here.

    Copper Canyon Press is a non-profit publisher that believes poetry is vital to language and living. For thirty-five years, the Press has fostered the work of emerging, established, and world-renowned poets for an expanding audience. To find out more about Copper Canyon and its publications, click here.

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