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We see eagles now and then this far north,
where salmon still run in the Snohomish
and rabbits are plentiful on islands
in the Sound. Still, when one of us cries Look!
we fold our papers, close our books, put down
our pens and turn as one to scan the treetops
for a flash of white and smudge of black.
We’re all on a field trip again, children
who point, jostle, and stand to lean against
windows fogged from the damp of our wet shoes.
Our bus moves on and we become adults,
the day ahead weighted with importance.
At home late tonight we’ll lie in our beds
and tell of the eagles we saw today.

Musicians with English Degrees

  • Paul Simon: Bachelors, English, Columbia
  • Kris Kristofferson: Bachelors, creative writing, Pomona College; Masters, English literature, Oxford
  • Don Henley: Bachelors, English literature, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Sting: Bachelors, English, Northumbria University
  • Chris Isaak: Bachelors, English, University of the Pacific.
  • Sufjan Stevens: MFA, creative writing, The New School

I’ve written a poem a week in the last month.

Not a Bad Haul

Books I got for Christmas:

  • How to Mow the Lawn by Sam Martin
  • A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems by David Wagoner (hurray!)
  • Owls and Other Fantasies by Mary Oliver

Music I got for Christmas:

  • The Crane Wife from The Decemberists
  • Sam’s Town from The Killers

New bands I recently found on the Web

  • Band of Horses
  • The Black Angels
  • Los Campesinos!

I wrote one poem last week.