Dogs in Snow

Claire Bateman

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“Here is the dog planet at last where all is running/and sinking, rising and running again—/lessons in flight./To those mad glad beasts/all is cold and holy clouds/and certain sacred sky.Ashley Crout

Speculative Friction

By Claire Bateman

Ashley Crout. (Photo: Sharon Crout.)

Ashley Crout. (Photo: Sharon Crout.)

Claire Bateman

GREENVILLE South Carolina—(Weekly Hubris)—September 2018—Poet Ashley Crout was born in Charleston SC, and graduated from Bard College and the MFA program at Hunter College. She is the recipient of a poetry grant from The Astraea Foundation and has received awards from The Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Foundation. Her work has been published in Sojourner, Ponder Review, and Dodging the Rain, among others. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her hell hound, Hud.

Dogs in Snow

By Ashley Crout        

                             for Marty and Bear

After years asleep in the God sun,
it wakes in them

to pull like sled dogs against the leash,
gripped on nothing but the white of ice

that the human call powder.
But, to the dog, this is

the solid expanse of a new world.

And so the dust lifts under each
clawing step and then the shock
of its deepening – the animal heat
melting and compressing

the fragile snow in its mouth.

The world has vanished. Here is the dog

planet at last where all is running
and sinking, rising and running again –

lessons in flight.

To those mad glad beasts
all is cold and holy clouds

and certain sacred sky.

Blood Oranges

By Ashley Crout

This must be the tougher skin you mention,
the one that covers this thick fruit,
reddened as the sun farthest west
before it sinks,

a head full of breath held under
the waterline to its eyes.
Their sticky white membranes
like drained veins

clutching a nest of blood
in their netting.
The juice runs like a cut –
its bright lines down my neck,

its limp muscle in my hand
the size of a heart,
chamber by chamber,
stilled and taken.

Note: “Blood Oranges” was first published in Dodging the Rain.

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About Claire Bateman

Claire Bateman’s books include Scape (New Issues Poetry & Prose); Locals (Serving House Books), The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan University Press), Friction (Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize), At The Funeral Of The Ether (Ninety-Six Press, Furman University), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose), Leap (New Issues), and Coronolgy (Etruscan Press). She has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation, as well as two Pushcart Prizes and the New Millennium Writings 40th Anniversary Poetry Prize. She has taught at Clemson University, the Greenville Fine Arts Center, and various workshops and conferences such as Bread Loaf and Mount Holyoke. She lives in Greenville, SC. (Please see Bateman's Author's Page for links to all her publications.)
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