Man & Woman

Virginia Barrett

Bullfrog pond is dry but the cattails
live on. This morning, a flurry of quail

fly out—scurry in the grass. A stream-
sound at higher frequency: hum

of bees. Three wild turkeys forage
in the undergrowth, no ripe

blackberries after yesterday’s
meal; sword of purple thistle

leaves. Last night, raccoons fighting
outside the tent’s dome. Separate in

their sleep, they breathed the beastly
snarl, the screech and howl of them.


Virginia Barrett'S books of poetry include Between Looking (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming, 2019) Crossing Haight, and I Just Wear My Wings. Barrett is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary San Francisco poets including OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement. Her work has most recently appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle, Narrative, What Rough Beast, Roar: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People, Ekphrastic Review, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), and Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (University of Arizona Press). She received a 2017 writer’s residency grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, NM. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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