[At last, to be identified!]

By Rebecca Hazelton Rebecca Hazelton
A dirigible powered us through the first leg,
            traversing snow-capped mountains where goats
leapt from crags, and men with wrinkled
            apples faces looked up, pointed.

            to cold air, I slept under a bear skin,
                        touched your lips in the night.

            On our pleasant soap
bubble journey, we dropped baskets down
            each morning, hooked meats, cheeses;
            in later weeks, nothing. Still, we took notes,

detailing the weather conditions, the migrating
            elk numbers and their steady decrease.
Northward by cracked compass,
            the sleet sheeting the balloon drove us low, then lower—

In time we cut through the ice, sank
fathoms into the sea, chaperoned by seals
            that are not mermaids at all.

Else you think this a hoax, know my hand—
down here still—please send help.

Rebecca Hazelton, “[At last, to be identified!]” from Fair Copy. Copyright © 2012 by Rebecca Hazelton. Reprinted by permission of The Ohio State University Press.

Source: Fair Copy (The Ohio State University Press, 2012)

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Poet Rebecca Hazelton

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Rebecca Hazelton is the author of Fair Copy (2012), winner of the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry, and Vow (2013), from Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She was the 2010-11 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison's Creative Writing Institute; and winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review 2012 poetry contest. Hazelton's poems have appeared in AGNI, the Southern . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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