Absence in Any Weather

Kathleen McGookey

Kathleen McGookey

Absence in Any Weather was accepted as part of the MSU Library Short Edition call for work on the theme of “recovery,” in coordination with the MSU Broad Art Museum's exhibit of Beverly Fishman's art, also called Recovery. Kathleen McGookey's most recent books are Instructions for My Imposter (Press 53, 2019) and Nineteen Letters (BatCat Press, 2019). Her work has recently appeared in Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, December, Field, Glassworks, Miramar, Quiddity, and Sweet. She lives in Middleville, Michigan with her family.

Absence in Any Weather (Spring)

My field ripples green and silver


         That thing with feathers, with beak and talons

                  hovers               coasts

I blink away the sting--

Out of darkness, more what?

                  it's just--          it's just--

         That quick light voice again? Singing?

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