From Dale Keiger I have learned simultaneously of Jacobsen‘s existence and her passing. He quotes a very nice poem called “The Wind in the Sunporch”; here’s the only other work of hers I’ve been able to find online (from the Baltimore section of Poetry in Motion):

from Of Pairs
The mockingbirds, that pair, arrive,
one, and the other; glossily perch,
respond, respond, branch to branch.
One stops, and flies. The other flies.
Arrives, dips, in a blur of wings,
lights, is joined. Sings. Sings.
Actually, there are birds galore:
bowlegged blackbirds brassy as crows;
elegant ibises with inelegant cows;
hummingbirds’ stutter on air;
tilted over the sea, a man-of-war
in a long arc without a feather’s stir.

I’d say she deserves further investigation.


  1. Isabel Zuber says

    Jacobsen was a marvelous poet serving in the Congressional post which later became that of poet laureate. One of her splendid collections is The Shade Seller and she was also the author of a fine collection of short stories, A Walk with Raschid from Jackpine Press in Winston-Salem. Check her out. She’s one of the worthies.

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