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Alaska Quarterly Review

Jane Hirshfield

Night pond,
the few leaves
drifting over the surface.

But even
fallen things
disrupt each other.
Beauty, griefs turn over.
The leaves move
all night, slowly,
until they again are red.

About the Cover:
Disabled by floating ice while attempting to dock at St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands, the 96-foot fishing boat, Alaskan Monarch, with 50 tons of fresh caught crab in its hold, was helpless against the 35-knot winds, 12-foot waves, and jagged rocks. But in a harrowing rescue, all six crew members were plucked from harm's way by a Coast Guard Helicopter.      

Photo Cover
© Richard J. Murphy, 1997
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