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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.

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


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