Beth McDermott

Most People are Familiar with Robins

First you preen as if combing smoke 
from a cloud’s edge—that kind of

godliness is in you, even as a familiar
gray bird. Then remember nothing

of this work: your wings rise and
hover, opening to a span that

a coryphée mimics when she pushes
rising water away with soft

fingertips. But then you run-and-
stop the course of my lawn, hunting

the thread that unravels us— 
waiting for assistance from the wind. 

Author Portrait

Beth McDermott is a PhD candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her poetry is forthcoming in journals such as Terrain.org, The National Poetry Review, and Southern Humanities Review.  She received an honorable mention for the 2013 AWP Intro Journals Project and first place in the Regional Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. She lives in New Lenox, IL.