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Editor's Note


SNR's Writers


    A Voice in Flight

    Scratches kept for years in paper sealed
    with soot now play on the radio.
    Jagged lines preserved as art: visual
    imprint of a voice, reverberations riding time
    to be observed by ears as well as eyes.
    Besting Edison by twenty years,
    and sixteen before Bell sends sound
    along without a body, this forgotten
    de Martinville launches his daughter’s voice
    like a medieval bird bearing a message,
    flutter of white wings from a hopeful hand.
    Her journey, a century and half of smoky flight,
    ends when she finds us propelling voices
    across oceans, time zones, and the dizzy
    spaces between mountains to the ears of those
    who easily believe they can receive this myriad
    of missives. The ghostly girlish warble,
    so recently transcribed from its blackened sheet,
    echoes like a portent, trying to touch
    me as I search for meaning in this first oral
    record of a human voice.

    Trying to Tell You Again

    Desire to taste the words fights fear they’ll fade
    as need claws up my throat and finds my lips
    through which the golden light tempts words to fly away.
    I wonder, can they come out different:
    strut like a rooster ruby crowned and sure
    or flash of hummingbird that thrums the air?
    Still awed by fragile flight, the fledgling leaps
    into the air, a thousand times a minute
    flushes its heart with tidal, pulsing life
    within a chest of hollow bone and down.
    This bright-eyed offering baptized in air
    still flutters with the thrill of weightlessness.
    To make “I love you” throb with sacrifice
    each morning I would kill a baby bird.

Copyright 2009, Abigail Knutson. © This work is protected under the U.S. copyright laws. It may not be reproduced, reprinted, reused, or altered without the expressed written permission of the author.

Abigail Knutson is an adjunct professor of Composition and Literature who lives in the D.C. area with her husband and one year old son. Her poetry is marked by a narrative pulse that breathes with the convolutions inherent in story, and previous work has appeared in The Summit Avenue Review, Utmost Christian Writers, The Rivulet, Haruah: Breath of Heaven, and Christian Communicator among others.