At the beginning of outstretch,
there is a contraction from the keel.

An anchorage in the breast.
Lift is created by altering air.

The central vane hits the wind
and the upstroke for the thrust.

The only posture is that of crucifixion
in a glisten of black and blue and red.

The open-mouthed dependency
of the bristling nest is far behind.

There are many destinations.
The sky is the resting place.


Amanda Anastasi is an Australian poet whose work has been published as locally as Melbourne’s Artist Lane walls to The Massachusetts Review. Her poetry collections are 2012 and other poems and The Silences, a chapbook with Robbie Coburn. She is a 2018 recipient of the Wheeler Center Hot Desk Fellowship.