Katherine Hoerth


For Io

The story says her face was lovely once
like wildflowers, cheeks a paintbrush hue
with eyes the color of bluebonnet groves.
The story says that her magenta lips
invited in the thunder clap that morphed
her maiden skin to cowhide, ringlet curls
to horns. So now the cowgirl roams the brush
and snuffs the flames of flowers at the edge

of every country road. The heifer dreams
up her reflection as she stomps the buds
beneath her hooves and warns the beautiful
to hide their blooming faces. Petals catch
the wandering eye of clouds, but clouds can kiss,
and sometimes kisses come to sting like flies.

After the Flood

I walk the shore of Falcon Lake alone
and kick a cloud of dust into the air.
A pair of rusted musket balls unearth
and then a glint of white. A human bone,
is my first thought, just one of countless found
along this lake like chalcedony, rare,
but not enough to steal my breath away.
I want to trust that floods can rinse all dirt
and leave the beautiful untouched, but how
can drops of water trickling down a shore
erase the rugged landscape's every scab?

I pick the glinting white up from the earth.
It's just a rock, and moist like skin, the face
is sun-baked warm, and sparkling veins run through
with hues of blush. I toss the jagged stone
over my shoulder, hear a lifeless thump.
I'm not the child of Pyrrah; I'm a girl
the waves of Falcon Lake will soon devour.


Katherine Hoerth is the author of three poetry books: a full collection titled The Garden Uprooted (Slough Press, 2012) and two chapbooks, The Garden of Dresses (Mouthfeel Press, 2012) and Among the Mariposas (Mouthfeel Press, 2010). Her work has been featured in journals including BOXCAR, Front Porch, and Victorian Violet Journal. She teaches English at the University of Texas Pan American and serves as Assistant Poetry Editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal. Katherine lives in Deep South Texas with her love, Bruno, and their many cats.


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