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  • Hawk in the Bronx
  • Angela Alaimo O’donnell (bio)

I caught this morning morning’s minion.

—Gerard Manley Hopkins

Perched on a church scolding stone

Hawkeye owns his daily glory.

He wives the wind and chides the world

whose children make their earthward way

asleep beneath the wing of their unknowing.

Being pure bird, minor miracle of air,

he is stranger to despair, the ordinary agony

that halves the merely human heart.

The easy feast he devours each of every bell-knelled hour

escapes those who live too low. Twice-blessed is he to know

the saint’s sweet rapture impossible to capture. [End Page 130]

Angela Alaimo O’donnell

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell teaches English, Creative Writing, and American Catholic Studies at Fordham University where she is Associate Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include two chapbooks, Mine (2007) and Waiting for Ecstasy (2009), and two full-length collections, Moving House (2009) and Saint Sinatra (2011). Her poems and essays have appeared in a number of journals, including America, Christian Century, Christianity & Literature, Commonweal, First Things, and Mezzo-Cammin.



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