July/Aug 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 4 PoetryMarch 13, 2024 |

Rescue

The Kenyon Review · "Rescue" by Sandy Solomon In the rescuer’s hands: a bald eagle, young, discovered in the grassy mud of an abandoned sump, wings and tail sodden, weighted down, feathers damaged in the struggle to fly. The man has thrown his jacket over those wings, the eagle starving, probably, and so too weak, too tired to fight—sharp-hooked beak and killing talons slack as he cradles it, as he spools out water for it to drink. He’ll take it in to molt for a month and feed. As all the natural world lies down to loss — bugs, birds, mammals, the great and small, you’ll watch this one eagle released to fly and feel, for a moment, impossible relief.

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Sandy Solomon is Writer in Residence in the Creative Writing Program at Vanderbilt University. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines—most recently in The New Yorker; others are forthcoming in Harvard Review, The Hopkins Review, Scientific American, Plume, and Vox Populi. Her book Pears, Lake, Sun, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, was published in the US (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996) and the UK (Peterloo Poets, 1996).

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