Mark Yakich: Cherokee, life sentence for the

Mark Yakich takes a question

Mark Yakich takes a question

Thermos‘s blog poet for early January is Mark Yakich, whose most recent collection of poems is The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin 2008).  His website is markyakich.com.

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Cherokee, life sentence for the

Outside of prison silence became
The warden the winds had changed

And the hawk began dropping stones
On me I left for the city where I saw

Horses ride the subway and planes
Ride the birds continually the correct life

Walked past me with blond hair but I
Learned slowly for the mountains of cut-

Out buildings appeared as careless
As their observers appeared daring

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