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Lumberjack's Dove: A Poem

By Gennarose Nethercott

A lumberjack cuts his hand off with an axe—however, instead of merely being severed, the hand shapeshifts into a dove. Far from representing just an event of pain and loss in the body, this incident spirals outward to explore countless facets of being human, prompting profound reflections on sacrifice and longing, time and memory, and—finally—considering the act of storytelling itself. The lumberjack, his hand, and the axe that separated the two all become participants in the story, with unique perspectives to share and lessons to impart.

Selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series.

Signed by the author on the title page; paperback.

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