Carol Moldaw’s sixth book of poetry, Beauty Refracted, was published last year. (February 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

Olmec

The bone-crushing pain of turning into a jaguar: palpable in the shaman’s cleft head carved in basalt or jade; in his downturned squared-off open mouth; lips stretched and dilated in birthing, in a scream. Try to imagine yourself crossing from one world of pain into another, the quiet needed to …

Raccoons

On my way to water the strawberries at dusk—I gardened in those days— I saw a raccoon clasping the outdoor spigot like a sailor’s wheel, using both paws, that seemed more and more like hands as it kept twisting until water gushed out of …