POEM Adam Tavel

NWR Issue 117

Planet Earth in Reverse

The wolf unclamps his jaw
from a bison’s shredded flank.
Spritzes of blood mid-air
stream back inside the wound
snapping shut like a gill...

Adam Tavel’s third poetry collection, Catafalque, recently won the 2017 Richard Wilbur Book Award and is forthcoming with the University of Evansville Press. He is also the author of The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, 2017) and Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015), winner of the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry. You can find him online at www.adamtavel.com.

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