Bestiary of Desire: Heron

Kim Garcia

Pines, grown for paper, stiff as pencils.
The oaks at water’s edge, curled against the salt.
Between groves, a single restless crow.

Long-legged heron, a graceful articulation
in water brackish as a kiss, tasting of more thirst,
the silent snap of its twigged legs, kindling.

It wraps the air before it in an embrace
of great wings that lifts its feet.
The air tastes of snails. Your skin is fresh water.

Kim Garcia
lives and writes in Boston. Her poetry collection Madonna Magdalene was published by Turning Point Books in 2006. Her work has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Rosebud, Nimrod, Cimarron Review, Mississippi Review, Brightleaf, Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops, Negative Capability, and Lullwater Review, among others. She is the recipient of the 2004 Ursula LeGuin Prize, the 2002 Willard R. Espy Award, an AWP Intro Writing Award, a Hambidge Fellowship and an Oregon Individual Artist Grant. She teaches creative writing at Boston College. Madonna Magdalene is available through Turning Point Books, and