Published: Mar. 2015
Within: DelPhi Series Vol. 2
“Tasha Cotter’s chapbook of poems, are illuminations on the temporal world of love and loss. Memory washes over these lyrical meditations as she asks herself, what does it mean? Cotter writes with a special floodlight, offering up last lines that break into geodes as she explores the depths within us all.”—Lenore Weiss
Tasha Cotter is the author of Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2013) and That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Booth. In 2015, she was named runner-up in the Carnegie Center’s Next Great Writer contest. A contributor to Women in Clothes (Blue Rider Press, 2014), The Poets on Growth Anthology (Math Paper Press, 2015), and the 2017 Poet’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books), she makes her home in Lexington, Kentucky where she works in higher education.
To understand the word enemy, imagine
the buffalo grazing while listening
For the stir of men approaching
the hill, sharpened flint in their palms
each of them, ready to die for the same
thing: the hush of a limestone cave,
the rise and fall of sinking creeks.
You can almost understand killing
for your home because it’s a place
that claims you and calls you
back. But what about the arrowhead?
Instrument in hand, the buffalo
never stood a chance. Tiny monster
just when you think you know what
to expect, there lies the incredible
surprise waiting for you to cross its path.
—from Barn Owl Review