Winter 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 PoetryFebruary 23, 2023 |

There Together is Enough

Always I want the ridge. Neither sky nor surf, instead—: wind-brushed fescue lying flat for me to walk its part. A buck bugles, distant, but my rut is lorn & mainly well-worn in its quiet. Crests like snails curl in on the right, ripped leather ocean sheer to the left & a mind unable to reconcile—I lick salt from the chap of my lips, press up the peninsula’s knuckle —behind me—: not a soul. Ahead tule elk lounge in sedge, like dozens of bronzed corndogs. With wide-set gazes that throw off my hood for the creature within. Appraising. What courses inside all the time, in chambers where I’ll never stand—I want to canter closer, click my ankle bones & whistle—: tell me who you see? Shooter marble eyes know more than all the books I’ll ever read—those supermoon pupils turn from mine, which narrow in glare even as I learn myself to look. Deep, one can sense the herd pound; wind, shift; needlegrass chafe as it converts light back

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Cate Lycurgus’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2020, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and was named one of Narrative’s 30 Under 30 Featured Writers. Lycurgus lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she interviews for 32 Poems and teaches professional writing.

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