Catherine Carter

Catherine Carter’s poetry collections include Larvae of the Nearest Stars, The Swamp Monster at Home, The Memory of Gills, and Marks of the Witch. Her work has also appeared in The Best American Poetry, Orion, Poetry, and North American Review, among others. She lives with her spouse in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and is a professor of English at Western Carolina University.

Earth says

I am your mother as the horse / is mother to the louse, endlessly / intricate interlocking systems  / which the blissfully sucking louse / can’t imagine and never must. . . .

Hornet’s Nest

Gray paper sack full of venom: / you’ve watched its dark door since the last / blackberry brambles loosed their grip. . . .