Featured Writer: Poet Rachel Custer’s “ALL OVER, DEAD BIRDS ARE FALLING FROM THE SKY”

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Rachel Custer

ALL OVER, DEAD BIRDS ARE FALLING FROM THE SKY

“Juliana III” by Alejandro Rosemberg

 

cedar waxwings and I know I am still beautiful / my gracelessness
all bound up with living               the way it is / despite diamonds

raining a glittering flood into the backyard                   a chunk of coal lights
the eyes of the desperate for fire          what I have always claimed to be / is compressed

carbon in the perfect form                   for my function / necessarily
more pleasing than any flightless wing             I am saying there is beauty

in a thing doing / exactly what it was created to do                    rough men
like hard drill-bits                     chewing slowly through the concrete

of their days / women with breasts suckled flat                their falling
resplendent                  in its ordinariness / some lives are lived

entirely in falling                      and will you tell me they are not something?
as if Icarus did not fall / rejoicing                    in the new warmth

of a truth he knew                   I’m a bad person
for picking up the soft bodies of dead birds                 I’m a good person

for telling you how they fell                 sunlight singing off their iridescence
I’m a good person                   for thinking about why / for instance

the coming apocalypse which if you think about it is   the beauty
of a natural thing’s natural end             a brand new kind

of warmth / or a coincidence                     which is more likely
in its unlikeliness                so we fall / more beautiful in our falling

knowing we are not meant to fly            so the earth waits
beautiful in its dying / knowing it was always     made to die

 

About the writer:
Rachel Custer‘s first full-length collection, The Temple She Became, is available from Five Oaks Press. Other work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, OSU: The Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, B O D Y, [PANK], and The Antigonish Review. Rachel Custer is the O:JA&L “Featured Writer” for February 2019. On February 13, 2019, Rachel Custer officially became a recipient of a 2019 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image:Juliana No. 3” by Alejandro Rosemberg. Oil on canvas. 19.7 x 31.5 inches. 2011. By permission. Rosemberg is a hyperrealist painter. Rosemberg is from Buenos Aires where he paints and teaches classical techniques. He attended the National University of Codoba Art School where he received his degree on Fine Arts in Painting. He continued his study of classical painting based on the Italian Great Masters Tradition with Maestro Claudio Bogino. Alejandro Rosemberg is the O:JA&L “Featured Artist” for February 2019.