Winter 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2007 |

Fracture and Regelation Theory

Where species overlap (sympatric, simpático), songs evolve                and diverge, no I without you   distant, or strange—so this fallen male I hear (a female        would be nearly silent, a mere           wing flick)                  low in the bush, his                  body's fluted drum what sings, not the flawed wings' scrim of rain meshed       in black wire's lace, what crowding or chemicals' fine veil    twisted, trapping him (dogday cicada, harvestfly) in flightless emergence. Late summer               is a vibration of air, the world    humming; my observation, the field       where row after row of the chemically mutated line up, pin through thorax, pin               through thorax—My freeze    doesn't fool him; he cuts off,  

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Sandra Meek is the author of six books of poems, most recently Still (Persea Books, 2020), named a New & Noteworthy Poetry Book by The New York Times Book Review. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, she has three times been awarded Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry and twice the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry. Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College, Meek is also poetry editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

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