Reputation

Common Grackle  you
visit on Boxing Day
through copper
framed Sycamore  hanging
underneath two red-crowned cranes
and three crows

not yet a murder
rumor has you at the scene
taking out the smaller
birds  your sunspot eye
piercing the Solstice

You’re no bully
not an angry jester
a thief  or a liar

Sibley says you prefer junipers
are heavier than a blackbird
calls your voice unmusical

I like your keel tail
iridescent privacy
gregarious song
without accusation

Published by:

Diane R. Wiener

Diane R. Wiener’s first full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses, was published in 2018 by Nine Mile Press. Her poems appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, and elsewhere. Poetry is forthcoming in the Welcome to the Resistance anthology; creative nonfiction is forthcoming in Stone Canoe. Diane’s flash fiction appears in Ordinary Madness (Weasel Press). After serving as Guest Editor for Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics, Diane was appointed Assistant Editor for the magazine. In 2020, Diane became Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. A Research Professor at Syracuse University, where she also teaches in the Honors program, Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects.

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