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Wildlife Wednesday to feature poet Wall

Posted: March 21, 2012 - 11:05pm

Next week’s Alaska Wildlife Alliance’s “Wildlife Wednesday” lecture will feature a reading and presentation by local poet and UAS creative writing instructor Emily Wall. Wall will present “Communities of the Wild: Poems & Stories” beginning at 7 p.m. March 28 in the UAS Glacier View Room, Egan 221/222. This event is free and open to the public.

Wall recently released her second book of poems, “Liveaboard,” which will be for sale at the lecture. Here’s an excerpt, first published in the literary journal Salamander.

Grace Harbor, Desolation Sound

When we wake the next morning

and look over the side to check the anchor:

jellies, jellies, jellies!

The water around us is a thick carpet

of moon jellies, each little orb pulsing,

rising and falling in the tide swell.

Even though we know better, we can’t help

stretching out our hands, reaching down.

Who could resist touching the moon,

if it came down, in its thousand little bodies,

and surrounded us? Sometimes we need

to be chosen. Sometimes, we need for belief

to be out of our hands.

For more information about this event, contact Tina at 523-5402.

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