The Fieldstone Review

The 12 Aspects of Tragedy in Wolves Hunting


I.Mimesis
a warmblooded fog
all shoulder blade and iris
rolls north through the taiga
stalks in the shadows of the season

II.Agon
hooves
swollen to snowshoes

paws
iron-tipped and raw

III.Hamartia
the alpha female
peels from tree cover to behind the hill
curls off like luthier spruce
from the rounded back of a cello

stillness rises to sound
the season’s fugue

IV.Brotoi
starved women of Thracis
death stings the skin
and takes the form
of a writhing body but this
is the helplessness of violence

V.Hubris
survival is holding still a glacier

warm hands slick against the glass

VI.Nemesis
in the lapse of arctic dusk
twilight is an eyelid
pulled pink and pale
across long-lashed shadows

VII.Anagnorisis
upon isolation
the prey is abstracted
to muscle and sinew and
the gravid glow in her stomach

VIII.Stochastic order
the heart blooms like the purple crocus
the pollen moves in the veins of wind

IX.Peripeteia
trailing five lengths and fading
the pack channels her towards
the crown of risen earth

the alpha female
waiting on the crest’s far side
can already hear both

the approaching wind
through her antlers
and the two hearts inside her

X.Pharmakos
collision is hunger made audible

XI.Catharsis
atop the marbled snow
red bubbles breach from fur
skin shredded and purged
as they gather and carry her
through the conifers

XII.Prohairesis (Epilogue)
Divinity only decides
the number of teeth:
forty-two or
thirty-four.
Ordination
through dentition.