Killdeer's Field, by Steven R. Cope, 2002, 99 pages, $12.00
Steven Cope, poet, musician, song and story writer, has
never lost his almost obsessive attachment to the hills of eastern
Kentucky where he was born. Though his themes are far-reaching, he
has always maintained, stylistically and otherwise, a conscious
independence both inspired and nurtured by that land. His
poems have appeared widely and won several prizes and awards. In
Killdeer's Field is his first full-length collection.
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Killdeer's Field from Journal of Kentucky Studies..
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Also from Wind Publications:
Sassafras, a novel of Appalachia, &
The Book of Saws--Fables and Tales by Steven
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From In Killdeer's Field :
There is a moment with the dying
when a living man must break for a window.
I did, and unveiled it.
A miracle of sun broke.
All eyes turned toward it.
The eyes of the dying, even, came alive
and turned toward it,
as if a savior had entered the room.
I looked for light in the faces
of men and women I had known
only vaguely all the days of my life.
I listened for a voice
that could shout down the walls
or give meaning to a silence.
I cleared my throat like a god.
Then I looked and that one
who had called me here looked.
He was dying, now, differently.
All the air in his body
rolled out of his mouth
like a word he could not have spoken,
like a wild, a savage, a primordial word
from the heart of a gentle beast
we had felled in Killdeer's Field,
going, going, pawing at the earth
for a foothold of light,
sun-reaching beyond belief,
choking on what,
in this life,
he most wanted to tell me.