The fix is in: we are hopeless Jim Harrison fans, and his recent death moved our reverence beyond reason—he alone spoke our Mother Tongue.
In a forty-plus year career, Harrison authored thirty-six books, most of them collections of poetry and novellas including Legends of the Fall and Revenge, both major motion pictures. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he died of a heart attack while writing a poem at seventy-eight.
I love these raw moist dawns with
a thousand birds you hear but can’t
quite see in the mist.
My old alien body is a foreigner
struggling to get into another country.
The loon call makes me shiver.
Back at the cabin I see a book
and am not quite sure what that is.
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