Two Poems

Two Dogs Passing Through the Yard


One’s a male Aussie mix,

either young or small, the other

a rangy lab-something, female,

the junior dog, both headed north

through the yard.


Our Border/Aussie

watches from beneath the truck,

paws crossed.


That’s it.





A teacher asked a student if she could

accept practice without realization.

It’s a very direct question,

but hard to apprehend.


It’s maddening that language can’t catch

the fish in its own rivers, but it can’t.

Even poetry’s nothing

but word-nets full of rips and holes.


Yet here I am again, writing with white

on white or washing dirty carrots with the hose.

Either I forgot the question,

or the question no longer makes sense.



CHASE TWICHELL has published seven books of poetry, most recently Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), which won the 2011 Kingsley Tufts Award from Claremont Graduate University. After teaching for many years, she resigned in 1999 to start Ausable Press, a nonprofit publisher of poetry. The press was acquired by Copper Canyon in 2009. She divides her time between the Adirondacks and Miami.

Issue #34 April 2014
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