Kathryn Stripling Byer Poems

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1.
Diamonds

This, he said, giving the hickory leaf
to me. Because I am poor.
And he lifted my hand to his lips,
kissed the fingers that might have worn
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2.
Wildwood Flower

I hoe thawed ground
with a vengeance. Winter has left
my house empty of dried beans
and meat. I am hungry
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3.
Vanity

Without hands
a woman would stand at her mirror
looking back only,
not touching, for how could she?
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4.
Coastal Plain

The only clouds
forming are crow clouds,

the only shade, oaks
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5.
Mountain Time [excerpt]

Up here in the mountains
we know what extinct means. We've seen
how our breath on a bitter night
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6.
I still can't get it right

I don't know. I still can't get it right,
the way those dirt roads cut across the flats
and led to shacks where hounds and muddy shoats
skulked roundabouts. Describing it sounds trite
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