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Glassy-moon-eyed Deer


Item#: 2018SYR15

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Poem Inspiration Location

Glassy-moon-eyed Deer

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Glassy—moon—eyed deer
at dawn. We share this city,
this morning, this street.

When I wrote this poem, I lived in the Westcott area. I would regularly get up at dawn and sit on my second-floor porch drinking coffee before going to work. The street was always quiet and very still, then I would see deer come out, and I found a lot of pleasure in watching them, which is what inspired me—a little pre-dawn Syracuse magic. It felt “magical,” because in the cities I have lived before it was not common to see deer walking down a city street. My second book of poetry, All Throats Sound Animal, will be coming out in late summer of 2018. There are quite a few poems within that book that have deer imagery, so you could say it's something of a recurring theme in my work.

The haiku reminds me of an early morning when there are still animals wandering around the city before the rush hour begins. It also speaks to me about how both animals and humans share the same place we call home. I find this scene very peaceful so I used gentle blues and yellows to describe the time of day. It reminded me of when I would bike to campus from Jamaesville, using Nottingham Road to get there. I enjoy nature as much as I enjoy doing outdoor activities. I believe it gives me an important perspective of the life around us.