sliding with the traffic of trailers and trucks 
through the gland lands of misty Appalachia

rolling through lush
wet curvature

the danger is getting
caught in the dance

deer clustered
on the shoulder
ready to leap

into the eyes
of sudden fire.

Mark Spitzer is the author of 27 books, mostly about big, ugly fish. His latest is Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West by the U of Nebraska Press. He is also a professor in Arkansas. More info at