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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