The Heron of Ahmon Katz, Water and Queen

So Charlottetown finally has a blue heron sculpture, thanks to Island sculptor Ahmon Katz. It was commissioned last winter by the City of Charlottetown and the PEI Council of the Arts and was installed this week. I wandered by yesterday, took some pictures and wrote a poem (see below). The concrete base hasn’t quite set yet, so it’s still supported by a wooden tripod. I like it. A lot.

Great Blue Heron, Ahmon Katz, 2013, ferro concrete and steel.

Great Blue Heron, Ahmon Katz, 2013, ferro concrete and steel.

The Heron of Ahmon Katz, Water and Queen

Grey-blue and silent on the corner,
with nothing between the harbour
and its hungry yellow eye but a squat
hotel of brick

Carry a fat, gleaming, black-striped
mackerel by the gills, flapping wet
against your wrist, ready to toss in if
that long beak opens

While you’re passing by—best you feed
that fucker quick before it stirs,
spreads those blue ferro concrete wings
and lunges into flight

You’ll never see it low through the clouds
of red dust—each heavy wingbeat breaking
brick and brittle bone—nor taste the welling
blood in your mouth

More shots of the heron

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About John MacKenzie

I'll mumble for ya. Poetry, plus most things quantifiable: science, neuroscience, memory, epistemology, baseball. And so on.
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2 Responses to The Heron of Ahmon Katz, Water and Queen

  1. tankawanka says:

    Can’t wait to meet him face to beak.

    Like

  2. Pingback: [PHOTO] Art around Charlottetown | A Bit More Detail

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