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Instinct by Joanna Straughn
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Jan 01, 2012

it was ok
Read on January 01, 2012 , read count: 1

Instinct by Joanna Straughn (42 p.)

Overall, I had the sense that the poet was trying to share deeply personal experiences, but they remained so personal that could not connect with them. Rather than feeling like an intimate experience, the poems largely left me feeling alienated. It was the opposite of something that I experience when reading good haiku, where I feel as if I were the person experiencing what is being described in the poem. My favorite poem by far was Owl.


Her owlet den
hidden in a wing’s shadow
where vines wither
A hoo
A swoop
ping a pellet
felted with little bones

The orchard strewn
with itty-bitty skins
fruit jars
overturned –

Leak under low trees
and the mouse
wants to silence
his hammering heart

ISBN-10: 1-892471-35-3

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