Luann Landon is the author of Dinner at Miss Lady's, a memoir-cookbook; and of South Bound, a collection of narrative poems. Her book of haiku, Spider Shallow Coral Bells, will be published in 2020. She lives in Sewanee, Tennessee.
I think, to be—you can characterize your reception of the emotion, reader—terrified by it, or appalled. Frost had wanted to dramatize a bitter truth. Wyatt wants to contain it by gathering it to the larger rhythms the work gathers us to.
A plague of feral peafowl in the garden (I know—who knew?) now decimates the grapes, Makes salad of the young geraniums, Kerfuffling dust-baths in denuded planters. They leave ubiquitous piles of poo, as drab As any other poo. They make that sound As if of something throttled in the jungle, Or honk to out-goose geese.