Mar/Apr 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 2 PoetryMarch 1, 2015 |

The Khan’s Wife

Nature is nothing but information It is undeniably beautiful: Late June, snow falling: Coins, keys, seashells, perfumebottles, eagle claws—souvenirs or good price and a jangling First, to know it is a message at all: A small lighthouse in a sea of shadows, a great delicacy, gelatinous, pale yellow, very like sky You might soften it in your mouth several minutes before chewing It emits a sweet odor It winds between trees like a long dragon, Gregorian chant Now think about it: Let me see if I can tell the story: Once, a fresh kill lay near frozen in the land of some horse people— In the native tongue, Land of the Horse People— A horse, indigenous, small, but fat: In life, carting a thousand pounds on its five-foot continuance Wolves loped in for a go, bears, woolly pigs, weasels, a mother tsking, shooing them Gingerly, lifting the corpse Taking it to her son, preparing it, he, scalloping with barely teeth and distrac

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Amanda Calderon holds an MFA from New York University. She was a 2014 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow and a 2012 fellow at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Other writing can be found in Poetry, Poets & Writers, and Words Without Borders.

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