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Jen Karetnick/SWWIM Every Day

Jen Karetnick head shot credit Jon Cross SNG Florida

photo by Jon Cross

Jen Karetnick is the author of seven poetry collections, including The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Prize. The winner of the 2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize and the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, she has had work in Amuse-Bouche/Lunch Ticket, Crab Creek Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cutthroat, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, One, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Spillway, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily and Waxwing. She is co-founder/co-curator of the not-for-profit organization, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami), and co-editor of the daily online literary journal, SWWIM Every Day.

Aubade for Birds

We are not allowed to write poems about birds
anymore, the poet at the podium said before

she read her piece about pelicans. There were already
too many verses about insectivorous swallows

eating on the wing, barn owls making spirited daylight
appearances and, oh, the amount of murmurations

has made the poor, darling starling a visible cliché.
So I won’t bore you with the details except to say

on this one morning I heard the microwave tweet
and the coffeemaker squawk, and it was only until

they had sung for several minutes that I realized
it wasn’t my husband’s breakfast but the yard of birds,

advising me that the day was now ready to open.

SWWIM Every Day

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