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Wolf Cento

Very quick. Very intense, like a wolf
at a live heart, the sun breaks down.
What is important is to avoid
the time allotted for disavowels
as the livid wound
leaves a trace      leaves an abscess
takes its contraction for those clouds
that dip thunder & vanish
like rose leaves in closed jars.
Age approaches, slowly. But it cannot
crystal bone into thin air.
The small hours open their wounds for me.
This is a woman's confession:
I keep this wolf because the wilderness gave it to me.



Sources: [Anne Sexton, Dylan Thomas, Larry Levis, Ingeborg Bachmann, Octavio Paz, Henri Michaux, Agnes Nemes Nagy, Joyce Mansour, William Burroughs, Meret Oppenheim, Mary Low, Adrienne Rich, Carl Sandburg]

Credit


Copyright © 2011 by Simone Muench. Used with permission of the author.

Author


Simone Muench

Simone Muench is the author of six collections of poetry, including Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014). She is a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and lives in Chicago.

Date Published: 2011-02-22

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/wolf-cento