2006 Pushcart nomination

Lucinda Lawson was nominated by for the Pushcart Prize for her poem Mania published here in our Fall issue.  This is Ms. Lawson’s second nomination for the pushcart. 



Singing, singing, singing, singing

long past hope of even

late migration, shrilling

into darkness—mockingbird!  

It won’t shut up. 

If I could catch it, cup

it in my hands, I’d pluck

the bloody feathers

from its beating breast,

then twist the trilling throat until

its tender neck bones snap.

I would pop its twiggy-slender

legs, pull the clutching claws

from out its feet, spread wide

the modest pilgrim-gray and white

fans of its tail and wings and pleat

them like accordions, each quill’s spine

creased every quarter inch. 

No more polka for this bird.  No

more crazy-dancing-at-two-



Its head I’d pound with stones

till flesh and feathers, blood and bones gave up

the ribbons of their song.  I’d finally own

those muscled threads, would hold them unbound,

frayed and dumb between stilled fingers

and a steady thumb. 


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