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Sarah Wangler

Sarah Wangler

Sarah Wangler’s work has been anthologized in Best New Poets and published recently in literary journals such as Cream City Review, Field, Moon City Review, The Tusculum Review, and Superstition Review. She served as an editorial assistant for the Cimarron Review and for Passages North and is currently an associate editor at Southern Indiana Review.

Bird Lover

Her familiar blade of finger on my neck,
mocking birds in flight from deck to branch—

her hair, a nest, warms us in winter
when birds of war leave. We hop on snow,

peck pinecone seeds. My tawny friend
is married but her Navy Corpsman's

at war. I always thought I'd fall for a man
in the military like my mother,

but I chose this woman—piano player's
nimble fingers at my temples, earlobes.

Her kisses know winter grit: salt and sand.
She's a summerer lamed here, —sandpiper

who chases me from her garden nest
at dusk. We don't disturb the eggs.

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