Cornelia Hoogland

Brown chorister

bobs among branches of the Douglas-fir

on the Puntledge.

A paper-

wrapper of a bird,

its small barred wings,

but when it sings, O Mio Babbino—

itís Maria Callas.

Winter wrens cluster

for warmth

like us when babyís born.

We fall in a heap

like birds in a nesting box

mewling and sighing,

exclaiming this full moon

of a girl, this pipit

with the presence

of one who has travelled a great distance,

who arrives

                        perfectly whole, accepts

the risk.

Cornelia Hoogland is a Canadian whose book, Woods Wolf Girl, (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011) is based on the fairy tale Red Riding Hood. "Winter Wren" is from her sixth, forthcoming, book, Crow (Black Moss Press, 2011). Hoogland is the founder and the co-artistic director of Poetry London (, an organization that brings prominent writers into lively discussion with London, Ontario writers and readers. She teaches at the University of Western Ontario ( and can be reached at

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