©Amy Blackshaw, 2009

©Amy Blackshaw, 2009

Open any book about flying,
and one reads first about angle.

-Marianne Boruch

Glider lashed to rollbar
we wheeled into Mexico
caution to the wind
gunning our borrowed Bronco

past Tiajuana’s autobody
chop shops cantinas
greyhound  racetracks
and palm-roofed palapas

day laborers shoveling
rocks into potholes
patching shattered asphalt
glad for the boots on their feet.

Hang gliding comes down
to physics and instinct cables
and cloth a few poles
hollow as a gull’s bones.

Lifting off from dunes
to hover over surf
flirts with the calculus
of gravity.  Ascents

an equation balanced by sky.

©Christan Knoeller, 2009

Christian Knoeller is offering a new graduate course this Spring semester at Purdue:  “Classroom Discourse Analysis.”  Recently, he delivered a paper on John James Audubon, ). “Narratives of Migration:  Audubon’s Missouri River Journals,” at an the Midwest MLA (MMLA) Conference in Saint Louis.  A related essay, “Writing in the Wake of History:  Audubon’s Journey on the Missouri,” is slated to appear in a forthcoming issue of Midwest Miscellany from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, and he has new poetry forthcoming in a number of journals including the Alembic and Journal of New Jersey Poets.

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