Fall 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 4 Poetry |

Lost Horizon

They would come, blown off course, in their wheeling,spiraling, then hovering, trash-like flocks, and settle on the weekend seas of irrigated fields and parks,like ducks on ponds too shallow for paddling— or from a distance they might seem to float, thoughin another sense held up by mirage and meniscus, which meant you had to blink, refocus, to see what wasor wasn't there. Occasionally, in their midst something bold, big-billed, and broad, towered above them,whose wings cast shadows large enough to make its own weather, a foreigner among so many strangers.And this was my first taste of the floods and plagues, the rain that would not end over the unprepared lands.And yet the birds, lifting one by one, retraced what they had been, while filling up the emptiness they had made, returningto wherever they had come, if such a place existed for so many.

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Michael Collier’s sixth book, An Individual History, will be published by W.W. Norton, spring 2012. In 2009, he received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland and is director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

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