She worries about a horse charging past.
She would be able to stand as it approached,
the earth changing fast under its hooves,
the body slick, enormous.
She wouldn't flinch.
But even if she thought in quiet,
long after the horse had gone
shrinking up over the hill,
she wouldn't know that
the body of the dream of God
came close enough to graze her.
-- Laura Cronk
The poem first appeared on RealPoetik August 26, 2007.
Laura Cronk is one of the readers Thursday evening September 25 celebrating the publication of The Best American Poetry 2008 edited by Charles Wright. The reading will take place at the New Schoolâs Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12 Street in New York) at 7 PM. David Lehman, series editor, will introduce. Other readers include John Ashbery, Charles Bernstein. Ciaran Berry, Richard Howard, D. Nurkse, Meghan O'Rourke, and Lee Upton.