Three Poems

The Peacock

What does he feed on,

this stalking festival,

with a gaze perpetually startled,

and a bearing so assertively free of

nest or boundary that he is either

witless or emperor of all?


Even the canary’s aria

is flat beside his scarlet cry,

and he drags his multicolored

mantle like so much excess of no

use but to steady the progress

of his parade....

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About the Author

Michael Cadnum lives in Albany, California. His thirty-fifth book, the novel Seize the Storm, was published in 2012 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.