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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)

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  • 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 Thom Gunn (2009). His poems and prose have appeared in Best American Poetry, the Nation, the American Scholar, New York Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, Chicago Review, Boston Review, Yale Review, Slate, and elsewhere.

    Weiner is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Larry Levis Award from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He has served residencies at the Fine Arts...

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