The Huntress by Richard Krawiec

The Huntress by Richard Krawiec

The Huntress

Russet daybreak swirls the Huntress
up from a bed of moss and ferns;
she strides towards the dark pond
white skin glowing with blue shadows,
taut thighs, rolling hips scatter scents
soft as jasmine, and ginko pungent;
packs of flanking feral dogs
bound forth through thick brush crinkle
she bends to drink the black water,
footsteps scudding fast behind her,
leaning forward, she shoves her fists
deep in shallows, lifting haunches,
white moons rising, splitting open
shadowed flesh to black tangle, pink
glisten; the first lunge, first collision
thrashes touring clouds from her mane,
arching upwards, she swings her hands
back to wring the blood from flesh,
grasping, wringing, turning her face,
mouth open, eager sucking
the rising dawn, the rising air

©Richard Krawiec 2016


Richard Krawiec’s third book of poems, Women Who Loved me Despite(Press 53), is just out. His work appears in dozens of literary magazines, including New Orleans Review, Drunken Boat, Shenandoah, sou’wester, Dublin Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Spillway, North Dakota Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review, etc. In addition to poetry, he has published 2 novels, Time Sharing and Faith in What?, a story collection, And Fools of God, and 4 plays. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council(twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has been short-listed for Best American Short Stories and nominated multiple times for a Pushcart – twice this year. He teaches Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced online Fiction Writing for UNC Chapel Hill, for which he won their Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He is founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active publishing company ( that also runs an online magazine One ( whose work has appeared in Best of the Net. He has worked extensively with people in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, prisons, literacy classes, and community sites, teaching writing.

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