Image by Hollis Duncan

Poetry Explicit, 1976

Paula Bohince

Oculus giving up Andromeda,
pulse of variegated phlox,

fog-drenched, a virginal shepherd on lamb
watch, terrine of fowl and gilled

chanterelles, cold enmeshment
of mare and filly, ecocide

laws, unforgiving
blistered forests of a once-

divided country, impasse
o’er a holiday, Isle of Man 

or the Canaries, ah
from Freud’s Viennese clinic, opening 

seam of teenaged wallpaper,

tiger prawns, a third martini, Tiger Lily
jealous in first edition luster.

Paula Bohince is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Swallows and Waves. She lives in Pennsylvania.