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  • My Junco, and: In Tennessee, and: Lakewood Path, and: Autumn, and: Sandhill Cranes
  • Patricia Hooper (bio)
  • My Junco
  • Patricia Hooper (bio)

This morning another wild flight interrupted:

the Dark-eyed Junco hitting the picture window—

no, he was dead, not stunned.

And how elegant he was when I lifted him

from the patio— slate feathers and soft gray throat.

And how perfectly he fit the palm of my gardening glove

as I wrapped him in oak leaves and buried him in the earth.

Another of the world’s beautiful ideas lost,

but nourishing the next one—

those Whirlwind anemones I planted under the oak tree

beside him— next summer’s wings. [End Page 113]

Patricia Hooper

Patricia Hooper is the author of three books of poetry: Other Lives, which received the Norma Farber First Book Award; At the Corner of the Eye; and Aristotle’s Garden, winner of the Bluestem Award for Poetry. A new poetry collection, Separate Flights, was awarded the Anita Claire Sharf Award and will be published by the University of Tampa Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in the Hudson Review, the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, Agni, the Iowa Review, Ploughshares, the Gettysburg Review and other magazines. In 2011 she was awarded the Laurence Goldstein Award for Poetry from Michigan Quarterly Review.

  • In Tennessee
  • Patricia Hooper (bio)

The Blue Ridge at sunset—hardly a missed note in the hemlocks where a mockingbird is singing even before a falcon dips, then glides over the valley, indistinct from here except that the bird falls lower than the chair I’m sitting in, and disappears. The sky is the color of pomegranate, and the balcony slips into shadow like the distant hills. No wonder that the mockingbird is singing a medley of every song he knows, no matter whose. No wonder that he sits in the glow of a single flood lamp high above the roof, a pool he must mistake for sunlight, enough to urge him on and on and through his repertoire that bird by bird is ringing over the day’s end, over the night’s coming. Maybe he has to sing to know himself as part of things—finch, cardinal, wren, and now that long clear call that sounded like the crow or Steller’s jay—whatever voice he’s pulling out of himself, some sound against the silence, against the signs of brightness vanishing. The railing of the porch dissolves in dusk, the sun has set, and now we’re weightless, drifting as if suspended in the blackening air. His sphere of light no longer seems as clear. Maybe he knows the lamplight isn’t sunlight. Maybe he feels he too is disappearing into the darkness like this porch and chair. He has to sing, he has to keep on singing, to know he’s really here. [End Page 114]

Patricia Hooper

Patricia Hooper is the author of three books of poetry: Other Lives, which received the Norma Farber First Book Award; At the Corner of the Eye; and Aristotle’s Garden, winner of the Bluestem Award for Poetry. A new poetry collection, Separate Flights, was awarded the Anita Claire Sharf Award and will be published by the University of Tampa Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in the Hudson Review, the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, Agni, the Iowa Review, Ploughshares, the Gettysburg Review and other magazines. In 2011 she was awarded the Laurence Goldstein Award for Poetry from Michigan Quarterly Review.

  • Lakewood Path
  • Patricia Hooper (bio)

The woman and the man taking a walk stop for a moment, as if noticing, suddenly, where they are. It is a park, a mulched path through the woods of ash and oak and maples tinged with orange and gold: September beginning as summer closes its last act. Maybe the aging heart can play it better

than the starlet with her flowery boas, cloudless blue scarves and grassy skirts. The woman walking beside her friend could tell you this and gauge the coming weather: three weeks more...

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-9930
Print ISSN
0191-1961
Pages
pp. 113-118
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-20
Open Access
No
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