Faculty member Alan Shapiro‘s poem “Taung Child” is online at Poetry Daily.


Taung Child

What led you down, first mother, from the good
dark of the canopy, and then beyond it?
What scarcity or new scent drew you out
that day into the vertical-hating flatness
of the bright veldt, alone, or too far from
the fringes of the group of other mothers
following the fathers out among the herds
and solitary grazers, the child clinging to your back
when the noiseless wing flash lifted him
away into the shocked light as the others ran?  …[Keep Reading]…

Alan is the author of the poetry collection Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) and the novel Broadway Baby (Algonquin, 2012).

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