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Transmission | Patricia Killelea

for Chandra Womack



I drag tule reed through an ink

drawn from Suisun blackberries

across the belly of a tundra swan—


It’s a message for you,

you stirring there


beneath the long light

of an even longer sun

far far north;


And when the swans return

to arctic grounds,

you read into the juice

still soaked in white plumage—


I have lain the crimson word.

I have lain the crimson word.





"Transmission" can be found in Counterglow (Urban Farmhouse Press 2019). Read Lammergeier's interview with author Patricia Killelea here.

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