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Loblolly Pine In A Field Of Hollyhocks By Vievee Francis

Loblolly pine

Brown as a mule, I stomped

through the flocking geese

who thought themselves swans-

but a mule knows its opposite

and so did I. They were no swans.

from Horse in the Dark

Vievee Francis, is the author of two books: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University, 2006) and Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming 8/31/2012). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2010. She is currently an Associate Editor for Callaloo.

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