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Urban Coyote

Urban Coyote

See the coyote over there? I asked the woman, who stoppedto watch us watching the coyotenosing its sore-footed waythrough freshly mowed park lawn,for the moment paying no attentionwhatsoever to the fact it hadmetamorphosed from wary scavengerto topic of...
The Agoraphobic’s Guide to Nature

The Agoraphobic’s Guide to Nature

April’s gusts spin your balcony’s tin bird Balcony: metal cage, its steel rail boundaries the brink of your world, your personal morose meridian. You only venture beyond that ledge for food & when you used to go to work. And when you had a brief lover. Even with...
The Trouble With Beauty

The Trouble With Beauty

talk to the hills               lose your extravagance         lie down in the horsemint and sage                                           grass is a window, look through it                                           choose sentences carefully, pace yourselfthe story...
Smell Giveaway (Threes on long stalks)

Smell Giveaway (Threes on long stalks)

Galium triflorum Gallium sphinx caterpillar The breathing swale trails the horned and hovering, the sweet-scented bedstraw, the ascending bedstraw hawkmoth. Dusk-feeding nightfall, a bullbatting nighthawk, a loggerhead of grebe and shrike, pipit pipit pipit.   A...
In the Midst of It All

In the Midst of It All

Another damned bill to pay, and I turn into the Shaw parking lot. Pylons spaced six feet apart on the walk before the door,   a masked clerk waiting outside with her Covid questions ready. I step towards her, but no, she’s pointing across the lot.   When I turn to...