Clade Song 2

Equestrian Dream of a Flag-Pole Skater

I play the part opposite
those who came to look this way
through a thousand acts of

maintenance. Loosening bolts
in the city’s new flower machines,
status drifts in the distance.

Geldings suffer under the rafters,
and shortly after loving you,
I become your dying horse.

Performance Piece

Schlegel Rob Schlegel's The Lesser Fields was selected for the 2009 Colorado Prize for Poetry. January Machine, his second book, is due out from Four Way Books in 2014. He teaches literature and creative writing at Whitman College and is co-editor of The Catenary Press.