As in this quartet of ants ferrying a torn
moth across worm slime and slate,
as in my wife’s shirt blooming and belling
on the breezy line, teal against teal,
as in this stray cat after my run licking
five miles of salty questions from my legs.
Lance Larsen is the author of five poetry collections, most recently What the Body Knows (Tampa 2018). His poems have appeared in APR, TLS, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Orion, MQR, New York Review of Books, Threepenny Review, Paris Review, New Republic, New England Review, and Best American Poetry 2009.