plain china: best undergraduate writing

Volume One : Issue Two


by Rosemary Bateman

Confusing Tracks by Nicole Ferrari Confusing Tracks by Nicole Ferrari

Blue cataract of woodsmoke
wefts the thick warp of falling snow.
Wood stacked out back, the blue
taut tarp like a prostrate sail. The wail
of the wind and the night trains
crying in the valley.

You left at dawn with your gun,
deer hunter, dear husband.
Now the fire burns low, blue
down to black and you
have not come back.

To reach you, forty years
of settlement. Stones upheave
the road leaving home, restless
vertebrae under sediment.
I have come a long way to carry you
from this January ridge,
I have not been satisfied.

About the Author

Rosemary Bateman

Oberlin College

Rosemary Bateman grew up in the Mink Hills of New Hampshire. She will soon graduate from Oberlin College with a double major in creative writing and environmental studies. She is interested in poetry, walking, tea, and—lately—abstract cartography.