Sometimes a Voice (by Don McKay)

Original Text: 
Don McKay, Another Gravity (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2000). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2001 Canadian Shortlist).
1Sometimes a voice--have you heard this?--
2wants not to be voice any longer, wants something
3whispering between the words, some
4rumour of its former life. Sometimes, even
5in the midst of making sense or conversation, it will
6hearken back to breath, or even farther,
7to the wind, and recognize itself
8as troubled air, a flight path still
9looking for its bird.
The rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011