Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

         Some Spell

by Genevieve Betts

                                   —For Tony Hoagland

In the fall, there is so much beautiful
death. The wind’s breath grows cold
and I think of the old poet, his bones
sharp after treatment, his bald head
covered to hide what no one is supposed
to know. Aspen leaves fall like yellow
confetti, but we are not celebrating.
I imagine him spry nevertheless over
letters, his last manuscript. I want to
reach into the scenery of this city
and unfold the mountain’s origami,
heal road kill like a backwoods witch.
I want to place my hands on his chest
and mutter some spell, any words
I can muster to make him well, though
I’m sure he would tell me in true
professor fashion, The rhythm of your
line needs more syllables. Try again.
Genevieve Betts is the author of the poetry collection An Unwalled City (Prolific Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in The Tishman Review, New Mexico Review, Hotel Amerika, The Literary Review, and in other journals and anthologies. She teaches creative writing for Arcadia University's low-residency MFA program and lives in Santa Fe.
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