Night Heron Maybe

By Fred Marchant Fred Marchant
I woke to more rain, and felt in the dark
for how wet the sill was, then rolled back
to my radio, and a midnight preacher
in my earphone teaching about sin.
I learned that punishment would come
like lightning that surprises an innocent shore.
Thunder would follow me all my days,
stern reminder and sharp rebuke.
The long, sleek, and pointed call
that rose, as if in response, out of the estuary
of night and storm, said it knew well
what the given world gave, and wanted more.

Fred Marchant, “Night Heron Maybe” from The Looking House. Copyright © 2009 by Fred Marchant. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press,

Source: The Looking House (Graywolf Press, 2009)

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Poet Fred Marchant

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Weather, Animals, Religion, Christianity

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Fred Marchant's most recent book of poetry, The Looking House (Graywolf Press, 2009) was named by Barnes & Noble Review as one of the five best books of poetry in 2009. The San Francisco Chronicle picked it as one of the ten best collections of poetry, and the Massachusetts Book Award committee listed as one of the “must reads” of the past year. Janette Currie, writing in Pleiades, has written that “Marchant’s great achievement . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Weather, Animals, Religion, Christianity

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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