Fox – Kitty Coles


The town’s dark and those within are dark
and I move through it in a fox’s form,
a being of the dark, the under-earth,
my nails click-clicking lightly on the tarmac,
the breath of trees still purling through my fur.

I press my way through shadows,
scrunched cans, torn paper, nose to the ground,
ears shivering to the shifts of sleepers
who twist in their dreams like netted fish.
My eyes reflect the light, its faltering gleams.


Kitty Coles’ debut pamphlet, Seal Wife (2017), was joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize. Her first collection, Visiting Hours, will be published in 2020 by The High Window.

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