The Nest in Winter

Kimiko Hahn

In the Father's shadowy hoardpillows belch feathers acrossmattress and floors:what was an oriental rug, nowa carpet of scat, gone-astray socks,calendars from rescue sheltersangling for checks.There's nothing to tossamong the vivid tethers toMother. Maybe my mother, maybe Father's.There's no margarine containerany less pathetic thana netsuke from Kyoto;no expired sardine tin less urgentthan a dozen aerograms; noreceipt less intimatethan their honeymoon photosnapped in the local aquarium.The adult daughter takes inthe spew,pabulum that a bird feeds its nestling.

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Kimiko Hahn is author of nine books, including VolatileThe Unbearable HeartThe Artist’s Daughter, The Narrow Road to the Interior, Toxic Flora, and Brain Fever. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York and the president of the board at the Poetry Society of America.

Vol. 107

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University

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