114. The Certainty Dream (Kate Hall)

Surrealistic and lyrical, Hall's poems are dreamlike and startling at their best. Line after line, Hall crafts fresh, sparkling images. My predilection is for bird poems, and Hall doesn't disappoint:

a crow-bird held another bird
I dropped them both
. . .
between the release and the impact
time sounds like a bird strung over an abyss
I tucked my tongue into him
he was flat, he was a tapestry (19, from “Mynah Speaks”)

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