Share https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2021/jan/Saje-Muskrats.mp3to the twelve muskrats moving in a line behind my chain link fence at dawn in Salt Lake City on the first of September in the beginning all the world was wateruntil you moskwasdove to the depths to gather a ball of mudblew on it untilit became the whole earth together this morning for safetyyou prepare for the hard freezemove quietly in the dark of a new moon you hear glaciers crack thousands of miles awaycarry a map of water in the desert how did you draw it?how can we read it? Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, including Vivarium (Tupelo Press, 2014); a book of literary criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (University of Michigan Press, 2014); and a memoir-in-essays, Terroir: Love, Out of Place, published in November 2020 by Trinity University Press. She teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program. Header photo by Jan DeVos, courtesy Shutterstock. Photo of Natasha Sajé by David Baddley.