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Landscape with Peregrine Falcon and Hart Crane

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 4, 2013
p. 103 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0103

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Tilting there momently on the girder, wings closed, alert
to wind shifts, unfazed by the river below, the clang, the constant
Trafficking back and forth, a falcon waits on the side rail.
Sunlight sheers off low through the cables,
Exhaust like coal dust blackens the green bolted steel.
The lower level is pitched into echo-y dark, head- and taillights
Flash among the beams; the upper level’s trucks whine.
No harp or altar, the GW trembles and sways.

The far bank rusts through the haze, barges shed white froth.
The peregrine swivels her head, her inviolate glance, waits,
Until certain she musters her fury and vaults
into space to seize a slow-wheeling pigeon. Easy prey.
And ahead across the Hudson, a string of shiny cars
threads the EZ-pass lanes to New England.

Jennifer Atkinson  

Jennifer Atkinson is the author of four collections of poetry. The most recent, Canticle of the Night Path, won Free Verse’s New Measure Prize in 2012. Poems have appeared in journals including Field, Image, Witness, New American Writing, Poecology, Terrain and Cincinnati Review. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at George Mason University.

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Jennifer Atkinson. "At the Chernobyl Power Plant Eco-reserve, and: Landscape with Translucent Moon, and: The Understory, and: Landscape with Peregrine Falcon and Hart Crane, and: Refingering the Chords for “Blackberry Blossom”." The Missouri Review 36.4 (2013): 99-105. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Atkinson, J.(2013). At the Chernobyl Power Plant Eco-reserve, and: Landscape with Translucent Moon, and: The Understory, and: Landscape with Peregrine Falcon and Hart Crane, and: Refingering the Chords for “Blackberry Blossom”. The Missouri Review 36(4), 99-105. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Jennifer Atkinson. "At the Chernobyl Power Plant Eco-reserve, and: Landscape with Translucent Moon, and: The Understory, and: Landscape with Peregrine Falcon and Hart Crane, and: Refingering the Chords for “Blackberry Blossom”." The Missouri Review 36, no. 4 (2013): 99-105. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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