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“On the Vanishing of Large Creatures” is the title poem from Susan Hutton’s 2007 collection, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. It’s one of my favorite collections.
“A Separate Set of Signs”
A woman boards the overnight train,
her bag packed with rolls of candied
hawthorne and bouillon cubes.
A bulb in the station leaks its weak light.
Does she glow from toothache
or the loose sea winds,
is she heading to the capital
with no papers or is she someone’s
negligent daughter, the youngest of three?
Is she me having stayed behind,
a parallel life with a separate set of signs
and a diet of more rice, less white meat?
Is she dreaming of the rivers
soft with codling in her hometown;
when she wakes on the train car
mattress is her shadow straighter?
Does she feel a body larger
than her own dilated boundaries,
and when she looks out of the window does
she sense the city as closer than it is,
the light having met the smokestacks,
and her hunger small and neat?
This poem originally appeared in Narrative Magazine.
As part the library’s efforts to raise awareness about poetry leading up to National Poetry Month in April, NYPL is encouraging aspiring poets to “follow NYPL on Twitter, and submit three poetic Tweets in English as public posts on your Twitter stream between March 1 and 10, 2013.”
You can check out my abbreviated, 500 words or less, list of favorites for the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz over at 826michigan‘s blog, The Staple.