Monthly Archives: January 2015

Winter Heron

Today, a friend sent me some photographs her son had taken. Among them was a shot of a great blue heron in a winter stream, which she correctly assumed I would be pleased to see. Update: Here is the photo. … Continue reading

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Forking the Shit (notes on process)

Yesterday’s poem came from two things I’ve been wanting to write a poem about for approximately 30 years; the brute physicality of the process of castrating bull calves, and the backbreaking work of removing the compacted density of manure that … Continue reading

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Looking Out the Barn Window While Cleaning a Calf Pen

Out in the pasture, the calves that all winter raised their floor have a different ceiling now. They are steers freshly made from bull calves whose shoulders and flanks two of us leaned hard into, keeping them pressed one at a time— … Continue reading

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Midway Through Winter

Midway through winter wind chips snow, white and cold, from the frozen moon— beneath the drifts, in hard mud, Spring waits, a dark and sour mess.

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