The Eight O Five

By Diane Glancy b. 1941 Diane Glancy
The t(rain)
again this morning, sky always gray,
grain cars f(lying)
like blackbirds with fieldseed
in their bellies.

The eight o five carrying
sings like tribes
when they migrated north in summer
across the plains
following tracks of herds.

High water into trees.
The lake full of rain.
We say it is someone else
pushing down on the lake
to make it spill over its edge.

While we wait
the woman earth sings with the tribes,
transforms herself
into all things.

After the train
b(rush) burning, the delay of smoke
in the car comes after
we have passed like sound.

Rain hangs fringe from earth woman’s dress.
She holds the delay of truth
until it comes from our mouths.

Coyotes sleep on her lap,
birds fly into the b(ranches) of her hair
while farther down the road
the black snake train wiggles behind her ear.

“The Eight O Five” from Offering: aliscolidoi by Diane Glancy. Reprinted by permission of Holy Cow! Press (Duluth, Minnesota). © 1986 by Diane Glancy. All rights reserved.

Source: Offering: Poetry & Prose (Holy Cow! Press, 1988)

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Poet Diane Glancy b. 1941

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

 Diane  Glancy


Proficient in numerous genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting—Diane Glancy often creates work that reflects her Native American heritage. Part Cherokee, and of English and German descent, Glancy was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She has served as artist-in-residence for the Oklahoma State Arts Council (traveling around the state to teach poetry to Native American students) and has taught Native American literature . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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