November 2010

John Lane


John Lane John Lane's Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems will appear from Mercer University Press in 2011. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College.


                    —for John Harris

Scattered wings the color of pistachios—
a starling flies in and plucks a live one
off a dorm door's lintel. We see three more
clinging to the building's rough facade.

The light's brought them in over night.
One week of love and then they're gone—
a ribbon thin clutch of eggs left behind.



John Lane: Poetry
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