Poem by Sawnie Morris
The Revolution is Being Phoned In
Grackles wake us with granular croaking as strong opinions are
exchanged between yellow roses. Like the mourning doves,
cow-birds have ventured north
from their previous, now-too-hot habitat. Their voices rip
the air, rusty zippers, while inside the pocket of
a Walmart purse, a prisoner tucks a cry for help.
Where is that poet, now? Who
will you write to? What corporate
Don’t put your money where the torture is, a seasoned warrior says.
So the dandelions – –
faces tilted in daylight – – fell,
star-shot in the night .
Wild iris & garlic stems spurt
undeterred, into the
anxiety of the global gravitational field.
Some gloom-times you lie on your back in the damp grass, look
at the night-tide feel bottomlessness;
your body pressed against the planet, you cling
by your nails
because the risk of
How does the pine feel about grackle racket?
Perhaps the liveliness of magpie & myna bird banter
in one’s upper branches is a pleasure
after the mineral life. Perhaps the rock wall never meant
to be a border & is breaking down now in
ged teeth of
patio flagstone, preparing us for
Mars. Beyond the fence line the groan of
a truck switching gears tears
at your attention –
Life expects something.
A flat bush fir lifts its candelabras.
An isolated tulip, un-
noticed until now, flairs
the glaring red of its petals.
American crow succumb to a water fight of
words, while in the stream of the present
tense, the earth, as we’ve known it , writhes .
The volte poem-voice reports a black butterfly w/white trim
flirting among stormy thermal currents &
a quantum poem m o r p h i n g its way in-
to the evolution of a n ordinary sentence. Humans are trading
mind pictures with the animal kingdom, &
starlings are forming a civil uprising ˆ ˆˆ with humor
Th e matter of persistent
resistance grows daily in the congressional grip of
digitally proficient thumbs
& stellar quarks of
visionary ravens .
Sawnie Morris’ collection of poems Her, Infinite, won the 2015 New Issues Poetry Award (judge: Major Jackson), and was published by New Issues Press in 2016. Recent honors include the 2016 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize; inclusion in BAX: 2016, Best American Experimental Poetry, online edition (Wesleyan University Press); a feature on debut authors in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Poets & Writers; and a new poem in the April, 2017 issue of Poetry. Sawnie is co-founder of Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters, a non-profit advocacy organization for the waters of New Mexico. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Oo-Oo-Nah Art & Culture Center, at Taos Pueblo.