[What is the forest language]

What is the forest language     dark breath of green.
The sky flies by and her mind moves seamlessly     the mind inside
a bird falling     branch to branch.
Does it think of its movements or does the body just fall?
The bird tilts it head to light     the shine blinds     disappears
as sky moves to the side.
A fire in her     claws flicker     a fire works itself out.
The sun is not mine    she whispers     yet burning takes root.

Jennifer Firestone is the author of Flashes (Shearsman Books), Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and from Flashes and snapshot (Sona Books). Firestone co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia Books), a year-long experiment documenting letter exchanges between fourteen poet-pairs. Firestone's poems has been published in the following journals: Drunken Boat, How2, Dusie, 580 Split, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, Poetry Salzburg Review, among others. She has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children and Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College (The New School).