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Kearney , Douglas

Douglas Kearney

Years: 2000-2002


Douglas Kearney's first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and will be published by Fence Books in 2009. In 2008, he was honored with a Whiting Writers Award. Kearney has performed his poetry across the country, including at the Public Theatre, Orpheum, and the Geffen. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, Washington Square and Gulf Coast. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Altadena and now living in California's San Fernando Valley, he has a BA from Howard University and an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, where he now teaches.




cattail cast tattles Till tale,

lowing low along the hollow; 

cricket chirrup and ribbit lick-up.

what’s chucked the ’hatchie swallow.


skin scow skiffed upon pond scum skin 

going slow along the hollow. 

now may mayfly alight brown brow.

what’s chucked the ’hatchie swallow.


maybe bye baby bye baby by and by,

lowing low along the hollow.

we will slip the knot not slip will we?

what’s chucked the ’hatchie swallow.


who’s a bruise to blue hue ’hatchie,

going slow along the hollow?

whose a bruise to whose hue, ’hatchie?

what’s chucked the ’hatchie swallow.


Kodak flash tattles Till tale

going slow among the hollow.

who’s a bruise to bruise hue?

swallow what the ’hatchie chucks.


—Emmett Till 1941-1955