Keeping It Simple

By Mary Ruefle b. 1952 Mary Ruefle
I take the bird on the woodpile,
separate it from its function, feather
by feather. I blow up its scale.
I make a whole life out of it:
everywhere I am, its sense of loitering
lights on my shoulder.

Mary Ruefle, “Keeping It Simple” from memling’s veil, published by University of Alabama Press. Copyright © 1982 by Mary Ruefle. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Source: memling’s veil (The University of Alabama Press, 1982)

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Poet Mary Ruefle b. 1952

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Animals

 Mary  Ruefle

Biography

Though poet and essayist Mary Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh, she spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family.

She has written numerous books of poetry, including Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007) and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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