A Poem By Christine Larusso

by Mark Bibbins, Editor


Three hundred seconds away, a grizzly
claws at the brains of a Coho. This is less
messy than expected: this ursine,

nitpicky, chooses the prized fatty
offal before bolting up to the nonsound
of the ice cracking away from itself —

the air eeling, squirming for melody,
a crispness that blankets the Alaskan
white, some spell that cools the trees in their sway.


can’t hear it,
but you feel it,

gripped tight and sprung quick as three
swings of the connibear trap trapping,
lunging, strangling a furry, warmblooded


The highway is closed for the season.

Three amanita will poison a hiker
who forgets that parasoled mushrooms
with gills are always never edible.

Out on the water, three frozen sheets,
dashes of caesuraed February
dusks, mistake you for a bluelipped

microflora hush on the sail of your skiff.

Christine Larusso is from California. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. Additionally, she is learning to play the accordion.

If you were to ask me, “Say, where might I find some more poems to read,” I would gently, but not in a forward way or anything, take your head and lead you here, to The Poetry Section’s archives. It sounds nice, doesn’t it? You may contact the editor at poems@theawl.com.