Variation on an Anecdote
He placed his jar on a hill
thinking to make something of it.
The jar stood still, agape.
Rain fell and filled the jar a finger.
Seed floated in and sank.
A sparrow lit on the lip and shit.
Gold to orange turned the water,
then evaporated, left a chalked
shadow, a geologic print.
Leaves blew around it, snow fell.
In time the wilderness took it.
Athena Kildegaard is the author of four books, most recently Ventriloquy (Tinderbox Editions). Her poems have appeared recently in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Up the Staircase, Grist, North American Review, and elsewhere. She’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart and her poems have been read on The Writer’s Almanac. Kildegaard teaches at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Bahar Yurukoglu was born in 1981 in Washington D.C. She lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. She earned her MFA in 2011 from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston and her BFA in 2003 from the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Selected solo shows include Flow Through, ARTER, Istanbul (2016), Self-Titled, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul (2014), Melting North, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA (2013). Two-person and group exhibitions include Intimate Horizons, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR (2014), the 2013 Biennial, Decordova Museum, and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA. She has been artist in residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2013), the Arctic Circle (2015), and in 2017 with the Clipperton Project in Antarctica. Learn more at www.iambahar.com.