By Joshua Weiner b. 1963 Joshua Weiner
I hid the deed:
                                 —would my life end?

The grackle called it back again.

The grackle then

my life. A swan’s neck   
curling to ask   
                               what if   

to reach   into the reed,

and struck the stone   
of what I did.

The grackle called it back again.

The grackle called it back again.

Source: Poetry (January 2006).


This poem originally appeared in the January 2006 issue of Poetry magazine

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January 2006
 Joshua  Weiner


Joshua Weiner was born in Boston and grew up in central New Jersey. He is the author of three books of poems, The World’s Room (2001) and From the Book of Giants (2006), and The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (2013).Weiner earned a BA from Northwestern University and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley. 

He is the poetry editor of Tikkun magazine and is also the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Nature, Living, Disappointment & Failure, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Refrain, Consonance, Mixed

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