Dispellations: Palm Sunday
Red fox, paws planted, staring back on the humanpath, sprung to the woods sifting autumn'sdark rot, annamaya kosha:first beam. I glide with my predator's gaze,scanning forward: wind-washed stone, gray die-cutsgray ahead, clouds shape-misting: nosouls. Red fox of morning, gray rabbitof evening, un bothered by my dog obsessedwith clumped earth, pithed grass, imprintsof friends and strangers long sent. I place my palm onan oak to commune my worship: branchfallen but the root is breathing. Messenger of the pleasures of the solitaryhunt, copper squire of the underwood, wet floor of rootand hollow, the wrap of a tapered burrowafter the day's splash of findand harrow. Terror bornelike a lustrous pelt.
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Anna Maria Hong is the author of Age of Glass, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, the novella H & G, winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Fablesque, winner of Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize. Her poems are recently published and forthcoming in Colorado Review, Plume, Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, The Hopkins Review, American Poetry Review, Poem-a-Day, Fairy Tale Review, and Sonnets from the American: Essays and Poems. She is an Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College.
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