PoetrySpring/Summer 2023

Angie Macri — Angle

The birds were wood and earth and neither.
When the sky offered flight,
you could hear them, not as often in winter
and not by their voices 
but by their wings when frightened.
Then, you could feel it, deep in the center
of cold unusual this early.
The ground lived with their movement
before and after. You thought you understood
and didn’t. The forests echoed wood
cut and burned into hurry of roads
and subdivisions and their bodies 
ate their fill against the occasion of their shadow
according to the sunlight that kept them here.

Angie Macri is the author of Sunset Cue (Bordighera), winner of the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize, and Underwater Panther (Southeast Missouri State University), winner of the Cowles Poetry Book Prize. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs and teaches at Hendrix College.

The author: Debra Marquart