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James Hoch

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James Hoch is the author of two poetry collections: Miscreants (W. W. Norton, 2008) and A Parade of Hands (Silverfish Review Press, 2003). He is a professor of creative writing at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

by this poet

Someone must’ve gone fetched him out,
towed the drowned, wing-wrecked bird
through a slick of his own feathery want,
though, more likely, he passed out
from knowing, and the falling distance
made the surface turn hard to his body.
It must’ve mattered to his father, who,
winged himself, had to watch fishermen
One must admire the desperate way 
                it flings
itself through air amid winter’s slow 

and clings to shriveled fruit, dropped
                Coke bottle, 
any sugary residue, any unctuous

and slug-drunk grows stiff, its joints