Fall 2010



Who Has the Whip-Hand over Aimless Animals

Patricia Lockwood

Who has the whip-hand over aimless animals, 
and who drives them, who makes them triggers 
pulled toward each other and head-splitting sound, 

who makes them whole, who gave them single horns 
or a gore above each eye, or only fever on the forehead, 
and who holds sway over shiftless animals, who are 

within hides and without, who are bloodthirsty or wet 
as whistles with warm and red, who speaks for mealmouth 
animals, who drives them inchmeal through the fields

and grinds them to a halt, who drags long rows of carry 
no weight behind them, who tears wide rows of hemmed in 
after their heels, who forces cross-grained animals to walk 
over weighing bridges and into weighing cages hung 

in weighing houses, who muscles unflinching animals
over the face of the earth, who doubles over to wash 
the underbodies, who leaves them every inch 

an aftermath, who worms his way into rooted 
animals: earth, round, angles his way and drags 
inlaid air behind, who ingrains them with rows 

of waving water, who leads them waist-deep 
into wet, into swan-drawn lake to sink 
to stone to made of, mile, grind, and grave.


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