You wouldn’t know
what to do,
with all that quiet,
that deep forgetting
nestled, barely there—
as if you were
just another thorny appendage
on the waves,
a ship making way.
Allison Hutchcraft’s poems have appeared in Barrow Street,
Cincinnati Review, Crazyhorse, Gettysburg Review, and the Kenyon
Review, among other journals. A fellowship recipient from the
North Carolina Arts Council and former resident at the Sitka
Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast, she teaches at
the University of North Carolina–Charlotte.