The Works of Tony Reevy

Senior associate director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tony Reevy is a graduate of North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Miami University. He is a David P. Morgan Award winner (2006) and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His previous publications include poetry, non-fiction and short fiction, including the non-fiction book Ghost Train!, and the poetry chapbooks Green Cove Stop, Magdalena, Lightning in Wartime, and In Mountain Lion Country. He resides in Durham, North Carolina with wife, Caroline Weaver, and children Lindley and Ian.

All Poems © Tony Reevy

Boulevard Sunrise

This deep, green-tunneled place

where the spirit of morning

goes down to dark

like a ripe apple fallen

but not tasted

is quiet in the first hours

as a newspaper vendor

in red vest calls for you

and you do not answer

with two quarters,

is foggy with first light

as sun rises

behind looming trees—

a dull tangerine

in damp, thick sky.

It is good to wake early enough

from time to time

to see this slow dawn.

Passing Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Just before night,

every possible inch

of utility line

is taken by small,

ebon birds. Flocks

circle overhead in fading

sky. A migration,

it’s clear—but we don’t

know where they’re going,

or the name of the birds.

The where, they seem

to know—if we can

call it knowing—

and they fly as one,

a species, not

a name. Winter

is why—bitter here,

warmer at the places

these flocks, unhoused,

seek. We also search

for a place to rest.

The sun falls below

sight as the last

circling birds roost

on wires, poles,

through long cold

to day.