About the Feature


Photo by Enguerrand Blanchy

One summer, two kookaburras mated
on a power line, extinguishing light

in a thousand homes. Stories say
the female opened her wings

and touched two wires. Closing the circuit.
Making, of her body, a conductor. And his,

attached to hers. Witnesses gaped
at brilliant flashes, cacophony like drums.

The birds, when they hit the ground,
were dead. Coursing with currents of gold.

And O, prophetic valentine. God, make in me
the wire, the wingspan, the jubilant flare.

About the Author

Catherine Kyle is the author of Shelter in Place (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019), which received an honorable mention for the Idaho Book of the Year Award, and other poetry collections. She was the winner of the 2019–2020 COG Poetry Award and a finalist for the 2021 Mississippi Review Prize in poetry.