Featured Writer: Poet Kate Hanson Foster’s “Glimpse”

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Kate Hanson Foster


“The Tree of Crows” by Caspar David Friedrich


With fearless urgency, the bird

crashed into my bedroom window.

Wings flying toward wings and then breaking

on what must have seemed like another bird

in some peculiar piece of sky.

It landed half-dead on my front porch

like an offering. Little bag of air,

inflating and deflating. Twitching into

or out of every ache. I watched and waited

until it stopped. Rolled the body with a plastic

shovel into my kid’s blue sand bucket.

Carried it to the edge of the yard,

and then tossed it into the woods.

And nothing moved, or flinched, or changed.

Sun boring into every window of the house.

About the writer:

Kate Hanson Foster‘s first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Salamander, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Foster was recently awarded the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center.

Image: The Tree of Crows” by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). Oil on canvas. 23.2  x 28.7 inches. 1822. Public domain.

By | 2019-05-27T11:04:34+00:00 May 27th, 2019|LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Narrative, Poetry|