Blackbird an online journal of literature and the arts Fall 2007  Vol. 6 No. 2


Chris Abani
Victoria Chang
Michael Chitwood
Keith Ekiss
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
Beth Ann Fennelly
Raza Ali Hasan
James Hoch
Cyan James
Julia Johnson
Larry Levis
Khaled Mattawa
Timothy O’Keefe
Catherine Pierce
Jon Pineda
John Poch
Austin Segrest
Louie Skipper
Ron Smith
Robert Thomas
Joshua Weiner
Lesley Wheeler
Charles Wright



Listen to this, wondering, the smooth casing
on the vowel sound as it voices out.
Except when there is no one, a light
flashes down the side of a cliff, a lost appearance
in a million. It is easy to recognize that the cabinetry
of stiff gods is too much like something seen
under cloud, like a frog’s heavy gallantry
easing into the sentence. When half-full,
our mouths make the unrecognizable shape
we see in darkness, too soon there.
This tells us what we may not know, pastured
in the span of a likeness, of gravel, leads us to
what we find one afternoon,
what we find wading, in the dim waters,
while listening.