Animal Caution

By Chase Twichell b. 1950 Chase Twichell
Whenever I touch the cairn
marking the summit
of one of my parents,
touch the top stone,
an animal caution comes over me,
sinew and muscle like the brook’s,
a sudden shivering
green-brown flame.
Soon they will be constellations,
and I a small tower of stones.

Chase Twichell, "Animal Caution" from Dog Language (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). www.coppercanyonpress.org

Source: Poetry (January 2005).

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This poem originally appeared in the January 2005 issue of Poetry magazine

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Biography

Chase Twichell was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and has lived for many years in the Adirondacks. A practicing Buddhist, she is the author of several books of poetry, and her work often reflects her spiritual practice. Introducing her collection The Snow Watcher (1998) to readers of the Washington Post, poet and critic Robert Pinsky describes the poems as “full of sharp observation, both of the world and herself, unsentimental . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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