Shame

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

The grackle called it back again.

The grackle then
                                 became   

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

uncurled   
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).

 Joshua  Weiner

Biography

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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Poems by Joshua Weiner

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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