Greetings! Every week throughout the summer, BOA's staff and interns will share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Clues from the Animal Kingdom by Christopher Kennedy—coming in September from BOA Editions.
Confusing Myself with the Whippoorwill
Today, I was a madness of regrettable actions. At the convenience
store, I eyed the cashiers warily as they slouched in round-shouldered,
teenaged aplomb. Their youth not yet wasted.
Try not to think was my mantra as I left through the slow, antagonistic
electric doors, but the whippoorwills disturbed me with their calls,
despite a 93% decline in their numbers in the Empire State.
And where have they gone? Camouflaged beyond reason so as to be
nearly extinct? These questions led me to my own desire to disappear.
At home, filled with envy, I chopped some vegetables to store for
later when the seasons have changed and my plumage has darkened,
my face of feathers and slanted light, a veritable mirage.
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