Mark Wunderlich’s poems engage themes of sexuality, spirituality, and power, balancing a baroque attention to detail with driving movement. He has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, San Francisco State University, and Bennington College. He lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley.
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Coyote, with Mange
Oh, Unreadable One, why
have you done this to your dumb creature?
Why have you chosen to punish the coyote
rummaging for chicken bones in the dung heap,
shucked the fur from his tail
and fashioned it into a scabby cane?
Why have you denuded his...