Poetry & Migration #5: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Poetry & Migration

Poetry & Migration #5: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke — 04/06/2017

As part of "Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration," the first formalized programming of the Poetry Coalition, Milkweed Editions, Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Birds, LLC have partnered to curate a selection of poems on the theme of migration. A new poem will be distributed each Thursday in March and April, online and in Pocket Poem size at several Minneapolis and St. Paul independent bookstores.
Learn more and read all poems in the series»


Last night,
I dreamed a small bird migratory rush 
into a brushline nearby.
One of indiscriminate color, broke cover,
flew fast past the siege, directly into my open hand.
The bird stayed with me throughout my dreaming,
never left my palm
though it changed itself several times within my light clutch.
Was it bright? 
It was bright. 


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“Philosophy” from Streaming by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke. Copyright © 2014 by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke. Reprinted with the permission of Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota. coffeehousepress.org.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s authored books include: Streaming, Blood Run, Off-Season City Pipe, Dog Road Woman, The Year of the Rat, and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections. She came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories.