PoetryIssue 21 | October 2014

Three poems by Athena Kildegaard


The train's whine carries
across bluestem, tree frog
ratcheting itself for love,
beyond pelican preening
on boulder exposed 
in the current—
it's gone. Then I miss it,
long for its Eb melancholy,
the way it routed itself
through me.
                        I miss the drone
of prairie hoarding all sounds
heard and unheard, feathers
tacking windward, beak angling
to water slur, to tree frogs
urgent, grass sloughing.
I miss the way it swept up
train whistle, bee, and splash.

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About the author

Athena Kildegaard has lived in Sydney, Australia, Guanajuato, Mexico, Roskilde, Denmark, and several cities in the U.S.  She is the author of Rare Momentum, Bodies of Light, and Cloves & Honey.

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