Bio Note:I have been known to write poetry, fiction, non-fiction and other stuff. Poetry publications include Poetry (a long time ago), Carolina Quarterly, Cortland Review, Phoebe, Laurel Review, many others. Recent anthologies include Villanelles (Everyman's Library), In Like Company (MadHat Press). Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms uses my work to illustrate a number of poetic forms. Most recent book of poetry, Willem and the Werewolf and Other Medieval Lays ('This adept book is more than a tour de force; it is an inspiration' --Annie Finch). Most recent novel, Nick and Jake (Arcade Publishing, 2012 - 'Goofy, funny, and full of literary in-jokes . . . this is a rollicking good read.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
The Map of the Bear
The only map is the map of the bear. Your best hope is to follow it closely, Closer than dogs. It's engraved with your spoor, You wake in the night to find it partly Charred by the dying fire. The only Map is the map of the bear. Follow It closer than dogs. Your best hope is To read the part engraved below The surface of the fire. Sleepless, You move by night. The only map is The map of the bear. Dogs know, That's why they follow with no hope The dying spoor. You're passing through Fire, you've passed through sleep, Now the only map is the map Of the bear. Now hope gives up Its secrets, now you follow where Dogs won't go, even in sleep. Above, the route's engraved on fire. The only map is the map of the bear.
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©2020 Tad Richards
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