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Biography
Katherine DeBlassie was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, her work has appeared in ZONE 3 and other university publications. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland. Currently living in New York City, she teaches at Harlem Children's Zone and works with various publications including RATTAPALLAX and NEW YORK MOVES magazine.

FLIGHT ANIMAL

- by Katherine DeBlassie

You flitter on the delicate line,  
where the lake and sky meet.
Your wings become water filled,  
your body, the shape of a cross  
my mother wears around her neck,
heavy, carved stone.
 
My hands stretch,  
afraid of even the smallest death
to pull, lift, and place you on a rock.
Your wet wings stick to the hot stone,  
anchoring you. Better to
 
sink into water,   
you are the feather, the slight breath of air,
the memory hanging in forgotten space,
my passageway into this world,   
swaying in and out of currents,
in and out of in between.