About the Feature

The most beautiful clothes: iridescent black
over Snarl Call. I wore the soft Sparrow

to the store, I borrowed the Crow to bag food;
the Chickadee to the masquerade; the Vulture to the show,

where my silhouette had to be more raw-necked
and veined. Stare: it’s hard

to think of me as the citizen of a star;
I’m no jet-sharp Swallow, no Bluebird’s rare

rosy décolletage, no white breasts
sterling the light, no Swan. I wear the soft gray hat

of the Junco pulled down. But I can,

in Starling, gloss more than one thing:
employee of my own oiled silk finish,

and purple-green trasher of your silence,
reflector and sharp-beaked shredder of

your most gorgeous and boring murmuracion:
mine mine mine mine.

About the Author

Karen Leona Anderson is the author of Punish Honey. Her work has most recently appeared in The Best American Poetry 2012. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Cornell
University, she is currently an assistant professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland.