Alison Hawthorne Deming

(1965 / United States)

Alison Hawthorne Deming Quotes

  • ''I don't know much about death and the sorriest lesson I've learned is that words, my most trusted guardians against chaos, offer small comfort in the face of anyone's dying.''
    Alison Hawthorne Deming (b. 1946), U.S. poet. Temporary Homelands, "Inside the Wolf," p. 60, Mercury House, San Francisco (1994).
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First Encounter Beach

One of the spectators is disappointed
there isn't a guide to explain
the beaching, the scientists busy
cutting into ninety-four pilot whales
stranded on the salt grass.
No one knows why and, try as the rescue team
might, not one whale will go back to water.
So they're injected to speed up the dying,

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