WIND RELEASE by Laura Madeline Wiseman

As if you could control the wind, make the walnut tree’s

blow of green orbs that bounce through the land’s edge

slow, pause the gutter of the pin oak across the levy from

its deep bow, still the sliver maple at fence line to stay

another limb from crashing down. As if you could turn the

wind’s direction, dial back its gusts, prevent the swirls that

sweep from ranging plains through city. As if storms moved

by your hand, tornadoes landed where you pointed, hail

drilled where you cast your gaze. As if you need only to rock

and roll down to it, draw your knees against your belly,

squeeze knees to chest, and all the wind everywhere would

rip through prairie land fast, then stop dead. As if the

muscles of the body were nature made, as if the land’s heat

was also flesh, as if the moon’s tidal pull tugged the mind,

and all of it together could whip a hurricane into life,

a windstorm, a breeze, your breath.

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the editor of two anthologies, Bared and Women Write Resistance, selected for the Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial Book List. She is the recipient of the 2015 Honor Book Nebraska Book Award, a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and an Academy of American Poets Award. Her book Drink won the 2016 Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award for poetry. Her latest book is Through a Certain Forest (BlazeVOX [books] 2017). Her book Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin State University Press), is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports.