Oct/Nov 2004 Poetry Special Feature

No one ever writes an ode to Taos

by Julie King

No one ever writes an ode to Taos

without mentioning: new frontiers,
buffed pink mountains of Sangre
de Cristo, chiles drying over blue doors,
turquoise settling between brown breasts.

My love poem is toWisconsin: plump
German women preparing rhubarb kuchen,
swimming pools set in purple-pansied yards,
O's rolling from old farmers' mouths—

But I'm a liar. My pulse rattles with the scent of sage,
a shot of mescal so hot it tans my lucky hide.


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