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Claudia Reder

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Claudia Reder

Claudia Reder is the author of Uncertain Earth (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and My Father and Miro and Other Poems (Bright Hill Press, 2001). She teaches at California State University at Channel Islands.

by this poet

          "Everyone needs one untranslatable song."

On hearing the striped contralto of guinea fowl,
its mock opera quivers the parsley atop its head— 

The song makes its imprint
in the air, making itself felt, 
a felt world. Here, there, 
the stunned silence 
of knowing I will