Fall 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2013 |

The Mockingbird

Summer cites itself always there was never a first one always slept in the hours light inserted like a door wedge made of dark blue air the window open an interval saw vines beginning but absolutely still while drooping as the dark of season-sense accumulated behind in notes and bird- notes that one noise three or so steps up and three or so not two steps back stop in a continual present between up and down a place like taste or discontent when the task is finished nameless even for itself tonight in the classroom the clacking warehouse it would make no difference there was no first one no place for authority the invisible bird fills some space below and above the window making room for something felt in the throat that belongs to nothing that could ever have a throat itself

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Lindsay Turner is the author of the poetry collection Songs & Ballads (Prelude Books, 2018) and the translator of several books of contemporary Francophone poetry and philosophy, including works by Stéphane Bouquet, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Anne Dufourmantelle, and Ryoko Sekiguchi. Her second book of poems, The Upstate, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in fall 2023. Turner lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at Case Western Reserve University. She is currently working on a collection of short stories, The Worst Animal.

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