Claudine Nash


When I find
my mind tangled
in fistfuls
of glistening
threads or
weighted down
in silver,
I step into
the cold
to bring the
neighbor’s horse
an apple.
The way he
drips bits
of fruit and
foamy juice
onto the frost
as he chews
always seems
to restore me.
I bow my head
to those grass-
stained teeth,
to the clump
of burrs caught
in his tail. Such
before me.

Claudine Nash is a psychologist and award-winning poet whose collections include The Wild Essential (Kelsay Books, 2017), Parts per Trillion (Aldrich Press, 2016) and the chapbook The Problem with Loving Ghosts (Finishing Line Press, 2014).  Her work has received Pushcart Prize nominations and has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies including Asimov’s Science Fiction, BlazeVOX, Cloudbank, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Dime Show Review. Website:

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