A Sonnet, a Map, and Lots of Tricksters

Three Tricksters: Fox, Coyote, Shadow, photo by Stephanie Thomas Berry
I guess it started in late October. I was standing in my driveway when a raven flew over me, so low I could hear the taffeta of its wings. Right after it came a crow, its feathers tighter and its flight more suited to this windless path. The raven perched in the forest behind my house, right by my old studio, and began its unique croaking vocalizations. The crow fussed a bit and flew on. It all felt very dreamlike, especially since I’d been reading In the Company of Crows and Ravens. 

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Catbird

My daughter and I were a bit smitten with the catbirds flitting about in the low shadows of September, and I found in the handsome gray feathers and exploratory songs the perfect excuse to explore the sonnet form some more. You can read, and listen to me read, the sonnet here.

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The Mark of War

Here’s a little drawing I finally finished of the Carolina Spring Beauties that were blooming by the river in March. With the drawing is a poem I wrote which also feature Spring Beauties, though in a more somber tone, as I wrote it in response to the news of the horrific Afghanistan murders that occurred in March 2012.

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