DC PLACES ISSUE

Linda Pastan

 

AT THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

When I was
nearly six my

father
opened his magic

doctor bag:
two

tongue depressors fastened by
a rubber

band;
one flick

of his hairy wrist
and lo!

we invented
flight.

 

Linda Pastan, a former Poet Laureate of Maryland, will publish her 12th book, Queen of a Rainy Country, in October. She was the recipient of the 2003 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

 

Published in Volume 7, Number 3, Summer 2006.

 

To read more by this author:
Linda Pastan: The Whitman Issue
Linda Pastan
Linda Pastan: The Wartime Issue
Linda Pastan: Evolving City Issue
Linda Pastan: Museum Issue