michael hogan Poems
- Dragons In memoriam Francis X. Hogan (1913-1974) On ...
- Poem On My 70th Birthday After a night of rain eucalyptus ...
- April In Mexico It is the time of the jacaranda when streets...
- Two Different Things A coyote paces the enclosure his eyes ...
- Newport, The Fifties I was raised in the decade of the death ...
- Arizona Moon The moon fades over Arizona and the morning sun ...
- The Terrace, St. Tropez A girl reclining by an open ...
MICHAEL HOGAN was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1943. He is the author of twenty-two books including novels, histories, social and political essays, short story collections and poetry. His work has received two Pushcart Prizes, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a PEN Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award and the gold medal of the Mexican Geographical Society. His poetry is widely anthologized ... more »
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In memoriam Francis X. Hogan (1913-1974)
On Sunday mornings in March my father
would take a homemade kite broad as his back
up the hill near Reeve's Farm.
This was how men learned of flight
he told me then.
Racing down that hill to catch the wind
where there was none to speak of,
the kite (gradually lifting) caught at last
on a thermal from the sea his running almost reached.
He told me breathless watching it rise:
The Chinese were the first.
They made them shaped like dragons
which in those days roamed the whole earth
free and ...