Selected by Alice Quinn and Matthew Sitman:
"Girl Riding Bareback" by Chase Twichell:
These late summer afternoons are so like childhood’s
they take my breath and breathe it with me,
take it and breathe it without me.
Curved hot muscle of the neck, the chestnut shoulders
flowing through the uncut hay—
old August daydream come to visit
a place that looks familiar,
a field like the field it remembers—
arrows of sun falling harmless on a girl
and the big imaginary animal of her self.
(From Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems © 2010 by Chase Twichell. Reprinted with the permission of the author and Copper Canyon Press. Photo by Flickr user Dr. Hemmert)