May/June 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 3 Nature’s Nature |

Nightingale of America

for Sally Hemings We both traveled an ocean, were transformed, blossom become nightingale. Homesick — singing songs of transatlantic lamentation from Parisian streets to le Dolomiti. In nature, we are small brown thrush, muted song caught in throat. Only men make music when first mating; this we know. In reality, we are both Eve’s daughters — ab ovo, ab hinc. No one knows of our own — yours passed into obscurity, mine blotted blood oceaning a sink.

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Chet’la Sebree is the author of Mistress, forthcoming from New Issues Press in fall 2019. She was the 2014–16 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry and has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Richard H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and Gulf Coast, among other journals.

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By Chet’la Sebree

for Sally Hemings We both traveled an ocean, were transformed, blossom become nightingale. Homesick — singing songs of transatlantic lamentation from Parisian streets to le Dolomiti. In nature, we are small brown […]

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