Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Migration

Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Migration

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   Beyond the safety of last year's cattails, two wintering    geese slosh in the play of light on our lake's surface.     The drag of wind pulls them farther from the shoreline,    where leaves of birch inch open, trunks shedding     the thick skins of winter. Tadpoles hatch in the warming,    while the roots of grasses push new growth upwards.     Soon these Canadians will leave for cooler regions, and only    the shadows of cottonwoods will remain. On such a day,     I shall will myself to go with them, fighting the water's    viscose pull, the strength of the earth's grounding,     to head due north, the way it's always been. 

Philip Heldrich teaches literature and writing at Emporia State University in Kansas. Recent work appears in such journals as South Dakota Review, Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, Chariton Review, North American Review, Louisiana Literature, and others. His work has received First Prize from Potepourri magazine and the Council on National Literatures. Vice-President of the Southwest American Culture Association, he directs the Bluestem Press and serves as an editor for Flint Hills' Review.

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