Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Ducks in September

Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Ducks in September

Article excerpt

   From my frosted window    I see the black outline of the boathouse    where I've had no time to write all summer.     The wind rises as the temperature drops.    Cicadas ride waves of song    toward the dark earth and setting sun.     Honking ducks land on the lake    and bob up and down    under a half moon.     The ducks call out guttural blessings to each other:    "We have come this far."    "We have so far to go." 

Freya Manfred's books of poems are A Goldenrod Will Grow (Groveland Press, 1971; rptd., 1975, 1994), Yellow Squash Woman (Thorp Springs Press, 1976), and American Roads, ed. Peter Mayer (Overlook/Viking Press, 1980; rptd. 1985). Her poems have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies and in more than seventy-five journals, including American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Carleton Miscellany, Christian Science Monitor, Greenfield Review, Minnesota Review, New Letters, Plainsongs, Southern Poetry Review, and Yankee Magazine. Manfred is also the author of a memoir of her father, author Frederick Manfred, which is forthcoming in 1999. She received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1978, and has had residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation. Manfred lives in Shorewood, Minnesota.

I wish to write close to the water because I feel that it is the lake itself which writes my poems. …

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