Listen to Valerie Wetlaufer read her piece:
Our fascination with nature and the natural form :
fashion moved beyond feathers
(Your wedding brooch
made from the talon of a falcon.)
to other parts of bird anatomy and eventually
the entire bird.
My best lines to you are composed on vellum, the skin of a stillborn lamb.
I scrape the hide clean,
remove the hairs and rub it smooth with pumice.
Then washed, dressed with chalk and finished
with a lime wash. This parchment is known
for the absence of imperfection.
You press yourself tightly to me. Whalebone corsets keep us erect.
Breath escapes. All I smell
is hollow bones and flight.