Jennifer K. Sweeney
Jennifer K. Sweeney Poems
- The Snow Leopard Mother The snow leopard mother runs ...
- Call And Response There are mnemonics for remembering bird ...
- Nocturne There is a blue city in mind constructed ...
- Wolf Lake Seedfluff gathers in white canals along the ...
- How To Make Armor Wear your bones like cold-rolled steel, ...
- How To Live On Bread And Music You need not confront the ...
- Adolescence In the scoliosis clinic, I waited in a room of ...
Jennifer K. Sweeney is an American poet .
Jennifer K. Sweeney is the author of two poetry collections, most recently, How to Live on Bread and Music (Perugia Press, 2009), winner of the 2009 James Laughlin Award and the 2009 Perugia Press Prize. Her first collection, Salt Memory (Main Street Rag, 2006) won the 2006 Main Street Rag Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in journals and ... more »
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The Snow Leopard Mother
The snow leopard mother runs straight
down the mountain.
Elk cliff. Blizzard.
into the night.
Her silence and wild
falling is a compass
of hunger and memory. Breath
prints on the carried-away body.
This is how it goes so far away
from our ripening grapes and lime,
coyote eyes rimming the canyon.
we paddle out in our ice boat
headed toward no future at last.
O tired song of what we thought,
stillness crouches like a prow.
We break the ice gently forward.
If I want to cling to anything
then this quiet of being the ...