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Due North: Joan Kane

This poem, "Due North" by Joan Kane, appears in the book Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment, published by University of Alaska Press.

Written and read by Joan Kane, an Inupiaq Eskimo with family from King Island and Mary's Igloo. Joan holds degrees from Harvard College and Columbia University. Check out Joan's writing Web site.

This is Joan Kane and this is my poem "Due North," which I wrote in anticipation of returning to Alaska after five years of exile in New York City.

"Due North":

"I should have my hood on--
Already there are rumors of darkness.
I should see the stones set before me,
Giving passage towards a place
Of complex nostalgias. And now
Should see the scree falling

Endlessly from the mountain's summit,
Falling on the recessive plain.
It is a private place, a wilderness
In practice. I am told that I should look
For a roof in rain, for a river
Split down to tongues of ice.

I shall start all together. As hollow
As a drum, the ground sounds--
It summons, repeats beneath me.
It is as intact and unchangeable
As the seven stars spun into position
When the day, which takes hours to fade,

Has dropped away in its small mist."

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh................... Alaska
# Posted By paulette | 11/1/08 10:11 AM