Tangible Evidence of the Intangible, or,

                                                 Wherever One Finds Inspiration

Sheets fresh from the line. Wind. Advice from the back seat. Looking at the world through the wrong end of the binoculars. A squirrel runs the telephone line, nut in its mouth. All the usual corny Jesus sky sunset big fauna stuff you can’t put in a poem because the avant-gardists would barf in sieves. A glass of milk, oranges, chalk dust in a sharp line across your coat, the cat belly up under sunshine. Damselflies. La belle dame, thanks! The monocle, shush, shaved ice and former planets, shredded news, an empty box, shush, flora, the door is open. My dear, open the door and let in all of the light.

Athena Kildegaard is the author of four books of poetry: Ventriloquy, recently released from Tinderbox Editions, Rare Momentum, Bodies of Light (a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award), and Cloves & Honey (a finalist for the Midwest Book Award). She lives in Morris, Minnesota, where she teaches.