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Imperfect Present

Poems

In this masterclass in effervescent wordcraft, even as it ranges through troubled terrain, Sharon Dolin proves to be a poet for the love of sanity. Seven collections of poetry, a Pushcart Prize, 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient, and Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress all attest to her boundless talent.

Self-Portrait as a Corncrake

There is no ratchet thirst like this
…..no pinions burst
…..nor dominion girt like this

there is no sporadic quiet like this
…..no barrier tight like this
…..no hay meadow flight

there is no awake like this
…..no feathered shake
…..no migrant slaked like this

there is no fraught like this
…..no one wing caught like this
…..nor hunted one sought

there is no age like this
…..no brink of next stage
…..no nest in shade like this

there is no sedge like this
…..no now—no wedge—like this
…..no how.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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