This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from Uncertain Acrobats by Rebecca Hart Olander released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.
Walking accompanied by the soundtrack of summer’s end: single leaf falling, squirrels in the underbrush, unseen as they blend with the gray of last year’s leaves, and the thrum of insects in the greenery, bushes shimmering with sound, a trilling that isn’t cricket, peeper, or bird. Back home, my search-bar questions find articles of answers: “The Sound of August: Jar Fly? Cicada? or Locust?” and “What Bug’s Creating All That Late Summer Buzz?” The buzz, it seems, is the annual cicada hatching, the Tibicen lyricen calling song, every year new and alive in its short living. His old voice is still on the machine: Hi there, Becky, Dad here. Then the birthday song, curling out the to you in vibrato to make it last longer, and it does last, but of course it’s also gone.
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