Kevin Cantwell

Kevin Cantwell Poems

1. The Wooden Trap 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Kevin Cantwell

The Wooden Trap

The held cry of a hawk makes Thomas Hardy think
to make her believe it's a newborn's cry she hears.
Milk wets through her blouse. The other women know
at once. That's chapter one. How it starts
to grow while above his head the cumuli
accumulate. The August fields waver beyond
the privet hedge. He's given up the novel
for poetry. The women look at each other.
One counts out change on a plank counter.
That's that she says. Then exposition's drift
to flashback: How a horseshoe loosens;
how when leading the horse the master returns.
Not angry, only to ...

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