Issue 35, Final Fringe

6 Poems

by Rachel Dacus Issue 4 07.08.2006

No Translation. Our neighborhood flock of geese
creaks  home to their  pond at dawn.  Their Tibetan
clamor  leaves  me  iceberg  still,  a  poem  catching
in  my throat,  something like the one that blew off
the  top of  Emily’s  head.  Shiver of  a Yes  opening
and  closing  on  clouds, the  bird’s  straight  neck a
plunging  exclamation  mark. Argue about trope or
measure  as  you  will,  about  breath  or turn of the
line.  You can’t  comman d the  fit or  will the  heart
to  latch  onto  that  slow  flap.  Through  a  window
you  follow  a  dark  ballet,  then  spend all morning
translating wings onto a page.

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Rachel Dacus

Rachel Dacus

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Rachel Dacus’ poetry books are Another Circle of Delight, Femme au chapeau and Earth Lessons. Her work appears in the anthologies Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English, Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po LISTSERV, and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as in numerous print and online magazines. Read more at She interviews poets for Fringe and Umbrella magazines and blogs at The daughter of a rocket scientist, her name is on a piece of floating space junk.