Excerpt from The Map of Light by Rachel Dacus

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The full poem appears in our January 2015 digital issue.
The entire issue can be downloaded here.

One bird outside my window repeats Sweet, Sweet, Sweet,

and another answers Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock.

So I guess I’ll soon go to a place called Sweetrock.

I googled and it turns out to be a farm in Portland

where they grow herbs, bake artisanal bread,

and make Swiss pastry. This is how my day proceeds,

by poetry and association, as if I were still five

and asking Mom how my oatmeal

is named by birdsong.

Rachel DacusRACHEL DACUS is a poet and writer whose works include the poetry books Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau, as well the recent Gods of Water and Air, a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. She has written on a variety of subjects, from travel in Italy to growing up a rocket scientist’s daughter during the race-to-space Cold War era. Her poems, stories, essays, reviews, plays, and interviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, and many other anthologies and journals. Read more at http://racheldacus.net.