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Spring Preview: "Cry of the Loon"

Poet, photographer, and filmmaker Kai Carlson-Wee is creating short films featuring poems from his forthcoming collection Rail (available for pre-order now in the BOA Bookstore). Check out his video for "Cry of the Loon" and read a message from Kai about his poetry film.

Cry of the Loon from Kai Carlson-Wee on Vimeo. Runner-up in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

About this poem

"'Cry of the Loon' is an elegy to my grandfather, Roald Carlson, who passed away in 2015. He was a water man, a lover of oceans and lakes. He grew up as a missionary kid on the beaches of Madagascar, captained a ship during World War II, and drove his fishing boat around Kabekona Lake in the summer. One of my favorite memories of him was going down to the dock to hear loons call in the evening. He would ball up his fist to make a flute with his hands. The loons would call out. He would call back. As a kid, this seemed like magic, like a secret language only he and the loons understood. When he passed away, I knew I wanted to make something to remember his spirit, to share a little bit of that magic." —Kai Carlson-Wee

Kai Carlson-Wee's debut collection Rail is now available for pre-order in the BOA Bookstore and will be on sale in stores on April 24th.

Share the love with BOA's Valentine Sale—going on now! Get 25% off all BOA Bookstore orders and pre-orders now through February 28th by entering promo code BOALOVE at checkout.

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