Featured Writer: Poet Kate Hanson Foster’s “The Sentinel”

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Kate Hanson Foster

The Sentinel

“Crow on a Branch” by Ohara Shoson


Crisis clings to the shelf

of my wings. In my many mirrors,

I parse danger from dangerous.

I fear the unknowns

in the understory to let you loose

in the open field.    I know something

of starvation—the discipline

of suspicion and its endless hunger of hollows. 

You might say I have lived too much,

the worry has done me in.

Don’t you see?     What could be

is the monster. Buried in needles

of twilight—this dread, a moth pulse inside me.

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: Crow on a Branch” by Ohara Koson (Shoson/Hoson) (1877-1945). Recent scan of a book page. 1910. Public domain.

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