Saturday, December 9, 2006

"Elk Medicine," Lawrence Journal-World, 3 Dec. 2006

The Lawrence Journal-World is one of the few newspapers that prints poems on a regular basis. The Kansas City Star does, and on occasion the New York Times. This used to be a very common practice in the 19th century and early 20th century. This is a link to a recent poem of mine just published in Poet's Showcase:

Elk Medicine By Denise Low

Sunday, December 3, 2006

That male elk across the creek
wooed the dozen females
and made their calves.
They sprawl the meadow.
He looks up, lowers his antlers,
grazes another mouthful.
Then looks again.

One of the last cows
goes to ground. Rests maybe
as the herd drifts to water.
She stays while they wade.
Finally, sun lower, she rises
with her damp, unsteady child--
his powerful medicine.

Denise Low, who lives in Lawrence, was recently named the next Poet Laureate of Kansas. copyright Denise Low