by CLAYTON ARBLE
A woman laid naked in her forest. Her body held rocks, a river, birds flying from bare trees. A daydream placed a deer bending its neck down to graze at the water’s edge. She thought her daughter into being where it stood, fuzzy stumps growing out of her head. For a while she hid her antlers in her curly hair, but now they’re fully grown, as big and strong as blossoming branches.
Clayton Arble is a poet from the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. They are currently in their second year at Hampshire College, where they study literature and creative writing.