The National Poetry Review

Kathryn Kirkpatrick


for D & G

The desire is so strong to be
held by human hands, the wrens make
their nest in the work-gloves. And we do

hold them there, in the way they’ve
chosen, leave their nest undisturbed
all spring into summer, even

now, late July, only gingerly
pulling the gloves out from under
so that the nest stays intact, as if

held by the memory of care.

KATHRYN KIRKPATRICK is Professor of English at Appalachian State University where she teaches environmental literature, animal studies, creative writing, and Irish studies and co-coordinates the Animal Studies minor. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including the forthcoming The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems (Salmon 2019).

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