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Beset By A Disk Of Radiating Feathers

by Heather Christle
Illustration by Amy Kurzweil

Beset By A Disk Of Radiating Feathers

Heather Christle
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Barn owl, crossing the air over the road,
dangerous softness of the owl allowing
silent approach, favorite bird of Minerva,
feeding on mice and small birds, fern owl,
horned owl, how can I get one, a lady
or person rambling a long way into
the night, long-tufted or mottle-tufted,
neighbor to the one cat, never have seen
one relaxing, not a falcon, an owlet,
the owlishness of certain people,
reputed wisdom of, on a small green
bag of potato chips, snowy owl,
a tamed owl goes hunting and relinquishes
all that he kills, tawny owl, they say
the Owle was a Bakers daughter, well-known
by its doleful hoot, what does an owl’s egg
look like, where are we going to live

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