Share12 https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2021/feb/Moore-Absconder.mp3 Absconder When I was a child I slept in a room whose windows opened onto woods Dawn birds darted in sunglow between trees calling calling Heat lightning on the horizon rain never falls We set out early decamp slip away desert ride hard ford a river unbridle the horses who graze small slow steps Like any animal I live with my own need and that of others how they rub together your hunger mine https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2021/feb/Moore-Disquiet.mp3 Disquiet The saga’s recast each unfolding day Decrees declared withdrawn New edicts shift the ground beneath us Hiatus turns to disarray Sparseness spareness scaling back Unpeopled houses loss after loss Disturbances that thrive within catastrophe All angles sharp points utterly silent poised to strike https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2021/feb/Moore-Tale.mp3 Tale Told in sweeping tones as if viewed from the stars Litany of conflicts victories dominion Schemes that yield the unforeseen Foreboding gleams in pauses between words As in many stories a hero reaches too far gains power loses the way Endless hungry rushing river Sources of darkness stalk the margins Descant Gathers the drift of life constellations of moments sensations Unravels this-then-that knits reflection reverie Sings of all being breathtaking in the unmaking Katrinka Moore is the author of three books—Wayfarers, Numa: An Epic Poem with Photo Collages, and Thief—that include her artwork alongside her poems. Her chapbook This is Not a Story, won the New Women’s Voices Prize. Read four poems by Katrinka Moore previously appearing in Terrain.org. Header image by Anja, courtesy Pixabay. Photo of Katrinka Moore by Michael Lawrence.