Issue No. 3, Winter 2012

The Village
Scott Wiggerman
for Anne Sexton

Their closets and caves ridden
with witches and elves,
warm houses whine in the night.
Shelves of goods, skillets over flames,
suppers innumerable and gone,
a lonely rearranging of air.

The air has bite,
a kind of evil,
like dreaming of woods,
black, possessed.

The air cracks
like a thing ashamed,
nude and haunted,
arms and thighs disaligned.

The village is filled
with carts and wheels,
a twelve-fingered driver,
misunderstood women in worm-carved silks,
and one last creature, waving,
learning to die.

Scott Wiggerman is the author of two books of poetry, Presence and Vegetables and Other Relationships. Recent publications include Spillway, Contemporary Sonnet, Comstock Review, Assaracus, 14 x 14, Southwestern American Literature, Naugatuck River Review, and Hobble Creek Review, which nominated “The Egret Sonnet” for a Pushcart. A frequent workshop instructor, he is also an editor for Dos Gatos Press, publisher of the annual Texas Poetry Calendar, now in its fifteenth year, and a book of poetry exercises, Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry, co-edited by Wiggerman and David Meischen.