Crows in a Strong Wind

By Cornelius Eady b. 1954 Cornelius Eady
Off go the crows from the roof.   
The crows can’t hold on.
They might as well
Be perched on an oil slick.

Such an awkward dance,   
These gentlemen
In their spottled-black coats.   
Such a tipsy dance,

As if they didn’t know where they were.   
Such a humorous dance,
As they try to set things right,
As the wind reduces them.

Such a sorrowful dance.   
How embarrassing is love
When it goes wrong

In front of everyone.

Cornelius Eady, “Crows in a Strong Wind” from Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997). Copyright © 1985 by Cornelius Eady. Used with the permission of the author.

Source: Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997)

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Poet Cornelius Eady b. 1954

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Animals, Nature

 Cornelius  Eady

Biography

Poet and cofounder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady has published more than half a dozen volumes of poetry, among them Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (1985), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; The Gathering of My Name (1991), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and Brutal Imagination (2001), a National Book Award finalist. Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems appeared in 2008.

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SUBJECT Animals, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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