PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
News and Notes
Digital Access to PN Review
Access the latest issues, plus back issues of PN Review with Exact Editions For PN Review subscribers: access the PN Review digital archive via the Exact Editions app Exactly or the Exact Editions website, you will first need to know your PN Review ID number. read more
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Gratis Ad 1
Monthly Carcanet Books
Next Issue Thomas Kinsella in conversation Jeffrey Wainwright comes to grips with St Chad Hsien Min Toh gives us a Korean perspective Iain Bamforth on Lou and Fritz: Sensible Shoes meets Starstruck Judith Bishop on Love and Self-Understanding in an Algorythmic Age

This poem is taken from Poetry Nation 6 Number 6, 1976.

Two Poems Michael Mesic


THE SHOE-BILLED STORK.

      Miles of pathways, acres of grass,
      Tons of artificial boulders,
      Small saharas closed against
      Camel, bison, antelope,
Which pass and shrug their shoulders, fenced from hope.

      But like Nature animals exist
      Too large to keep in single view,
      Some too small for us to see
      At all, ambivalent, distinct,
As well as the list, two out of three, extinct.

      Wandering through the endless zoo -
      Cats in their dens intently pace,
      Elephants bellowing and thumping,
      Monkeys constantly at war -
We guessed his impassive face hid something more.
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image