By Ravi Shankar b. 1975 Ravi Shankar
Gregarious in hunger, a flock of twenty
turn circles like whorls of barbed wire,
no spot below flown over uncanvassed.

The closer to death the closer they come,
waiting on wings with keen impatient
perseverance, dark blades lying in wake

until age or wound has turned canter
into carcass or near enough for them
to swoop scrupulous in benediction,

land hissing, hopping, tearing, gorging.
no portion, save bone, too durable
to digest. What matters cannot remain.

Ravi Shankar, "Buzzards" from Deepening Groove, published by The National Poetry Review. Copyright © 2011 by Ravi Shankar.  Reprinted by permission of Ravi Shankar.

Source: Deepening Groove (The National Poetry Review, 2011)

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Poet Ravi Shankar b. 1975

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Death, Nature, Animals

Poetic Terms Tercet

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Poet Ravi Shankar grew up in Virginia, earning a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia University. His collections of poetry include Instrumentality (2004), a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards; the collaborative chapbook Wanton Textiles (2006), with Reb Livingston; and Deepening Groove (2011), winner of the National Poetry Review Prize.

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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