Heart, Katie Tunning

Amy Casey, Hive Study, 2007, Acrylic on Paper, 10″ X 8.75″




Landed bird
balloon releasing ballast
incorrigible drumbeat

at the press of bone
slow tiger
ticking caged

this is what it is
to want
and to receive.

Chapter book
frantic telegraph

luminescent nest
least calibrated
instrument and most

emphatic: this is what it is.

Katie Tunning


Review by Preeti Shah

The poem explores the irony of what the heart is, “least calibrated instrument and most emphatic,” while showcasing visually stunning lines to bolster this conclusion. There is movement and musicality in each stanza that pulse at the rhythm of this beautiful short poem.

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