Rebecca Macijeski

Because of Wolves, Because More Than Anything

I crave a wildness in silence,

a freedom in it, the kind of mind
a wolf has—strong and sure, made well,
fitted into the skull frame
for skill and clarity, swiftness.

No clumsiness of words and days
and what we fill them with.

Only the ear-focus of a bird whistle,
a mouth tightening around a mouse,
teeth sunk into the softening.

The sureness of it all,
the fogged sound of snow under paws,
my body enrobed in my body
hidden in the grand stillness in the trees.

The blood of my honest kill spilling in snow
the same flash of cardinals maneuvering in the pines.

Because I Listen So Hard the Sky Bursts Open

The geese yell folktales
out their megaphones

high above us in our houses
with our tiny listening

so close and severe

the stories are gone
before we hear them reporting

and those feathered heroes
rustle out their noise

along the space we travel
each fall in our minds

between yesterday’s deaths
and the surprise victories

we’re born into each time
we set our ears to the sky.

Author Portrait

Rebecca Macijeski received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011 and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska where she serves as an Assistant Editor in Poetry for Hunger Mountain and Prairie Schooner. She has attended artist residencies with The Ragdale Foundation and Art Farm Nebraska, and participated in Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project in October of 2014. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Gargoyle, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rappahannock Review, Nimrod, Sycamore Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whiskey Island, Border Crossing, Fourteen Hills, and others.

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