The BOOKPRESS November 1999

The Woman Who Draws Birds

Katharyn Howd Machan


uses green ink
a way of knowing
flight is silent
as a wish at water’s edge

the birds rise up
in one long wonder
or hover
where poem meets page

the woman works
her memory of feather
with fingers
light as bone

her eyes travel
where forests begin
a song of nests
beyond words’ reach
and ocean lets her go

Katharyn Howd Machan is an associate professor of Writing at Ithaca College and the author of 18 published collections of poems.

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