Part of the gift that a collaboration offers is a glimpse into the stunning architectures of of the memories hunted down, narrative paths that unravel the consequences of stumbling upon them, and perspectives that speak for each other. All these flourish on the pages of how wild and soft you are, the second collaborative effort of Hilda Weaver, Nicci Mechler, Wendy Creekmore and Kristin Koester. These powerful poems incorporate language that both explores and transcends as it bursts into a landscape crowded with the rich music of consonants and vowels and a poignant, searing imagery that offers no easy epiphany.
A N E X C E R P T
I Can’t Always Speak The Language
of birds flocking southward.
Fat clouds confuse my tongue,
pulling my poems out to bury them at the foot
of a Kentucky Coffeetree. Breathe in.
The story behind our teeth will push loose—
keep your sight on the horizon.
Dusk-pink day brings with it a cleansing rush of deer
and quail rise to the now-full moon. They cup
their wings for a skid-landing across
a nameless pond and settle in,
clustered masses on smooth glass—
white bellies pressed into the sky.