Endangered Species

By Phillip Carroll Morgan
herds of buffalo
gone now
                       you search the undulating
         sea of grass
near campo and wildhorse
                       for the great hairy horned whales
but none surface

instead
if you look carefully

                        you see the shallow swimming
          hahe issi
the pronghorn
antelope
                     you identify with
          this striped sailfish
skimming the surface
                       a harpoon’s throw away
        from hungry nesters

diving
                     for the cereal great plains
         plankton seed
visible
but fast

Phillip Carroll Morgan, “Endangered Species” from The Fork-in-the-Road Indian Poetry Store. Copyright © 2006 by Phillip Carroll Morgan. Reprinted by permission of Salt Publishing.

Source: The Fork-in-the-Road Indian Poetry Store (Salt Publishing, 2006)

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Poet Phillip Carroll Morgan

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Nature, Animals, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 Phillip Carroll Morgan

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A Choctaw/Chickasaw poet, Phillip Carroll Morgan earned a PhD in Native American literature from the University of Oklahoma. He writes for Chickasaw Press, part of the Chickasaw Nation Division of History and Culture.
 
Morgan’s poetry engages his tribal ancestry and its mythology. His first poetry collection, The Fork-in-the-Road Indian Poetry Store (2006), won the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award.
 
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SUBJECT Nature, Animals, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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