“A Toast to the Baltimore Oriole” by Don McKay
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
A Toast to the Baltimore Oriole
Here’s to your good looks and the neat way you shit with a brisk bob like a curtsey, easy as song. Here’s to your song, which, though “neither rhythmical nor musical” (The Birds of Canada), relieves me of all speech and never deals with what is past, or passing, or to come. And, as a monument to the sturdy fragile woven scrotum of your nest, I hereby dedicate baseball.
from Camber, 2004
McClelland & Stewart Ltd., Toronto, Canada
Copyright 2004 by Don McKay.
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“A Toast to the Baltimore Oriole” from Camber by Don McKay. Used by permission of McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
About the Poet
Don McKay is the author of 16 poetry collections, including Paradoxides (McClelland and Stewart, 2013).
Learn more about Martha Collins at The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry.