Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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The Wing

           
In memory of Jenifer Patterson, feather artist


Not of this world now
released from the frail
flesh that had sheltered
you to find relief
in reaches deeper
and beyond –

no here, no now, no then,
no there          go on
alone   but know

all now so alive
will be along,
earth’s plenitude,
all the dear.

No way to stay. How then
best to go?
               Find company
for the flight, then
work to become
the feather that could serve
as wing,

               flutter in the stiff
wind   lift off
and find the air.


Jeff Davis attended UNC-Greensboro’s MFA program in creative writing, and studied with Robert Creeley at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His poems have appeared in Lillabulero, Iron, Asheville Poetry Review, the Nantahala Review, and other little magazines. His books include Transits of Venus (2005), and Natures:Selected Poems, 1972 – 2005 (2006); the latter was selected by Katherine Stripling Byer, then Poet Laureate of North Carolina, as a North Carolina Notable Book for 2006, and featured on the Laureate’s Arts Council web site.

Since 2005 he has hosted the radio program Wordplay, which celebrates poets and writers of creative prose; it’s now available each Sunday at 5:00 PM via AshevilleFM.org; a catalog of the show archive is posted at http://www.naturespoetry.blogspot.com. He teaches in UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program.


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