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This poem is taken from PN Review 183, Volume 35 Number 1, September - October 2008.

Two Poems Jennie Feldman

Counterpoint

    Hope is the thing with feathers
- Emily Dickinson

Something with feathers
outgrew them, it seems
                                    and flew off.
Not officially, no announcement
          on the news in either language.
But it's in the air
                          a pensive drift
of fledgling moult.

                                   ... For listeners
at home I should explain:
                                          the maestro
has put his cello aside to demonstrate
placement.
                  He leans
slightly forward, and now
- arms reaching out and around -
...


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