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Dawn, With Cardinals, and: One Month Before His 50th Birthday, and: Penelope Draws From Life, and: It Turns Out Circe Has Something of a Past, and: Telemachos in San Miguel

Dawn, With Cardinals, and: One Month Before His 50th Birthday, and: Penelope Draws From Life,... DAWN, WITH CARDINALS / After separating from Penelope, Ulysses takes a smalUsh cottage out of town, bounded by deep woods on one side, a golf course on the other where children sled or startle frogs, depending on the season. Crows strut their turf beneath the plum trees, furl their capes and bob like drunks. Of the night birds, owls map the taller pines with their iridescent eyes and moon hens peck at drops of evening dew. When the divorce is done, he'll move to an island some miles out, where he may settle on a narrow road beside a spit of sand--beyond that, sea. He could earn a modest pension crafting bird feeders from mill scraps, keep a brace of hunting dogs for company and rake the silt for clams and oysters at low tide. For now, he contents himself recording local bird caUs, but forgets them quickly as he learns, save the cardinal's song, a slight and mournful chirping heard each morning just outside his porch. And always the same two birds-- she quarrelsome, he quiet or detached or maybe mystified at his helplessness to make a difference. Or, cocksure he does, you see it in the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Dawn, With Cardinals, and: One Month Before His 50th Birthday, and: Penelope Draws From Life, and: It Turns Out Circe Has Something of a Past, and: Telemachos in San Miguel

The Missouri Review , Volume 22 (1) – Oct 5, 1999

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DAWN, WITH CARDINALS / After separating from Penelope, Ulysses takes a smalUsh cottage out of town, bounded by deep woods on one side, a golf course on the other where children sled or startle frogs, depending on the season. Crows strut their turf beneath the plum trees, furl their capes and bob like drunks. Of the night birds, owls map the taller pines with their iridescent eyes and moon hens peck at drops of evening dew. When the divorce is done, he'll move to an island some miles out, where he may settle on a narrow road beside a spit of sand--beyond that, sea. He could earn a modest pension crafting bird feeders from mill scraps, keep a brace of hunting dogs for company and rake the silt for clams and oysters at low tide. For now, he contents himself recording local bird caUs, but forgets them quickly as he learns, save the cardinal's song, a slight and mournful chirping heard each morning just outside his porch. And always the same two birds-- she quarrelsome, he quiet or detached or maybe mystified at his helplessness to make a difference. Or, cocksure he does, you see it in the

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1999

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