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Rita Townsend

Rita Townsend is a longtime student of Buddhism and a lover of words and other wild things. She recently returned to her native habitat in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

— From January 2001

The Year In Geese

I reached again, beyond the orange bill, behind the round eyes, and slid my hand lightly down his delicate downy neck. He stood absolutely still. I could almost feel a sigh in him, and I passed my hand again and again down this fragile stem of life, then out onto the fan of feathers across his back, the narrow spiny ridges and silken expanse.

January 2001
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