POETRY

Polynya

By

It is disproven to me in a dream, the mountain
as weight fixed in place. The lapse of a seal-as-such

lists, then slips from the deep saline of a greater current.
A figure keens on land: no different kind of mammal.

One should pull fish from the hole we conspire together.
Once, a girl (south-hearted) grew familiar with the pistons

of your disinterest: bone on bone in a cold, cold bed.

Joan Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife and Hyperboreal. She has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry from AWP, the USA Projects Creative Vision Award, an American Book Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the School for Advanced Research.

Kane graduated from Harvard College, where she was a Harvard National Scholar, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of a graduate Writing Fellowship. Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, she raises her children in Anchorage, Alaska, and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

It is disproven to me in a dream, the mountain
as weight fixed in place. The lapse of a seal-as-such