As a Portent

David Baker on

Published in Poem Of The Day

At least there was a
song timorous of

wing-beat snowdrift ash
of red horizon

then somewhere calling
as under one's breath

(I did not hope you
would find me wanting)

and the next extinction
on every wing-

About this poem
"Phrases and voices surround us always, like notes of music whose sources may be just out of sight, out of reach. Pieces of a story, a relationship, a landscape-here I let them coexist without too much worry over explanations. Here too I'm interested in both form and fracture, letting the syllabic lines maintain a rift, a caesura, as part of the rhythm of it all."
-David Baker

About David Baker
David Baker is the author of "Scavenger Loop," forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2015. He teaches at Denison University and lives in Granville, Ohio.

The Academy of American Poets is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, whose aim is to make poetry available to a wider audience.

(c) 2014 David Baker.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate


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