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Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the author of The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press, 2008) and a number of previous collections. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, a contributing editor for Poetry Flash and a blogger for Coal Hill Review. For more information please visit her website: www.susankelly-dewitt.com

Morris Graves:
Bird Singing In The Moonlight


a nest a cocoon a web which

is it the dark short life of the heart opens

its beak into? etched love triangles snarls tough


membrane troughs all this the beak has

tasted and celebrates—its song an algebra

unsolvable equation of trills and squawks


in the night its voice a feathered embryo

even the shriek-notes climb and climb

and climb the tangled yolk-sack gnarled


milk-sack of bright



Susan Kelly-DeWitt


Night Flight 



The seat belt light comes on 

(the bright hand of the warrior
holding its jeweled arrow: Lift-
off. The wings tilt:
twilight in Ragnarok: flashing
epaulets—the world slides
away like sunset.) Soon

the reading lamp sends out its feeble

search beam.
D.C., Baltimore, and there’s
the Potomac
River… Freeways loop and glitter
like earthbound Dippers; trees disappear

into topography’s clumps.
Spider webs

of thought, hard
to straddle each radial.


Diadems, tiaras

the seat of government, fat halo-
gen cushions in the blurred dark.

A mysterious X lit
in amber—
crossed burning



—the backward
journey again, going forward
toward the return—of course,
that’s not the sky’s measurement.

Year 2002... An Anthology
Nevada County Poetry Series
edited by William Gainer, 2002.




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