Yvonne Blomer – Spotted Owl as Desire

Poet name: Yvonne Blomer Poem title: Spotted Owl as Desire Poem: After Robert Bateman’s Mossy Branches, Spotted Owl True owl. Old-growth owl. Nocturnal owl. The clock turns by you. Barking owl. Whistling. Hooted notes fall from mossed trees. Old-man moss. Knight’s Plume moss. Creeping- feather moss. Nothing human here except me. Your eyes a lure. Shoulder- hunched owl. Padded in your brown mottled cloak, what are you tracking? Fogged-in owl, muffle- feathered owl, patience is your domain. Bone-lichen feathered. Lour-browed. Old strix. What are you making me into? End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Yvonne Blomer Originally published in Ravine, Mouse, A Bird's Beak (Nose in Book Publishing, 2018) Yvonne Blomer is the author of a travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, and three books of poetry, as well as an editor, teacher and mentor in poetry and memoir. She served as the city of Victoria poet laureate from 2015-2018 and in 2018 was also the writer-in-residence at the Robert Bateman Centre where she created a show of environmental ekphrastic poems in response to Bateman’s art, the result of which is the collection Ravine, Mouse a Bird’s Beak (Nose in Book Publishing, 2018). In 2017 Yvonne edited the anthology Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press) with poets responding to their connection to the Pacific from the west coast of North America, and as far away as Japan and New Zealand. Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds is the second in a trilogy of poetry anthologies that came out with Caitlin Press (2020).