Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2014  Vol. 13  No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
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Landscape and Departure
     Tanja Softić’s Migrant Universe series

Diplomatic pouches, cryptic postcards—always some kind of map stretching beyond these lines: history, politics, progress . . . Memories dimmed to the quality of ancient murals . . . I find a new road I never knew existed or, is it an old street deprived of its landmarks? Flight path of crows, drone of a crop duster, make a U-turn, stop at the light. A richer soil, a sunnier nook—magazines and morale builders . . . sheen of sleeping water in winding canals . . . If there is rain or a guard . . . prepare to leave/seem to have just arrived. Sweet scarlet branches, forgotten species, first swallow of wine—so we name our constellations.  end  

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