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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Once Upon a 21st Century

 


quite suddenly

                          we decided

sonatas could not be

played

                        on the tusks of

slaughtered elephants

                         we preferred

                        trumpet and rumble

wished to evolve

to hear

                        frequencies

beyond our ken

 

we no longer feasted

                                   on the bodies

of brutalized birds

                        their stopped songs

stuck in our throats

 

we hatched out of

 ourselves

like snakes

                    like turtles

                                       like chicks

our lives deciding

to live us

learned to hear

through the soles

 of our feet

and then

              our feet walked us

 

when our hands asked

 to plant forests

                                       we complied 

our tongues

                    tasted us

 as if we were

mangosteen

 

we woke

               in the light

and slept

                in the dark

 

as the mountains

dreamed

themselves whole

 

soon the fire in our groins

                                    spread

through each limb

                              and leapt into the arms

of trees


Kathryn Kirkpatrick is Professor of English at Appalachian State University where she also serves as editor of Cold Mountain Review.  She is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently two recipients of the NC Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell award, Our Held Animal Breath (2012), and Her Small Hands Were Not Beautiful (2014).

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