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American Life In Poetry


November 12, 2020

The ocarina call of a mourning dove, a woman mourning the death of a pet, and yet it all comes to looking forward to more and more life, whatever is there, wherever the mourning dove will lead her. Linda Parsons lives in Knoxville, and her most recent book is Candescent, from Iris Press.


I hear before seeing, no need to see

to know morning’s ocarina, plaintive

call, soft strut on leafmeal. It was the first

creature I saw when the needle was done

and my sheepdog limped into last night.

That dove, I thought, will house his sable

spirit, coat feathered like joy in the wind.


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