She applied the Page 69 Test to DRONE and reported the following:
From page 69:Visit Kim Garcia's website."Kindred"At first look “Kindred” is very different from many of the poems in DRONE, a book that meditates on the terrifying repercussions and temptations of a weapon that changes military rules of engagement, what a war zone is, and even how we think of the sky. But this poem speaks to two thematic threads that weave DRONE together—the longing for peace, despite every challenge created by these slippery, powerful new weapons, and the state of belonging which we all share as a ground of our being. Warfare quickly devolves into total war, unending war, without keeping these two realities present, even under tremendous conflicting pressures. Drones have made possible a level of surveillance, and therefore responsibility, never before experienced. We need all our collective human wisdom to respond in policy, poetry, and procedure. We are in truth “Kindred.”
The hand at work, heart’s drone,
map-dance in honeycomb. The path
of flower, clover song, sweet magnetic
north, nectar cooled in flight. River
rocks’ remembered wash, a karst of blue.
A sky mountainous with frowning cloud,
stars slipping the city’s hot gaze, fastening
their new eyes over fresh yearnings—home
drawn up along the lines of the old ache
like desert seed, fashioning green tongues.
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