Wompoo Fruit Dove We’ve all heard that thud– stunned on the grass, breathing hard, drawn close to the hollow flight-feather, beak cranking, the claw scratching at air til the neck warps, under the sun-struck wall– the other side of love.   First published in The New Criterion (April 2012), “Wompoo Fruit Dove” announces in its title that it is not an American poem. Conan-Davies is an Australian poet living in America, and among the things she misses about her homeland are the rich inter-layerings of birdlife. In particular, the Wompoo Fruit Dove is notable for its size and rainbow beauty. The bird’s body can grow to be 18 inches in length, with a wingspan of several feet. If one of these birds hit your…