The book lies

open on your lap
like the score

of some music you
did not compose.

You: one. The song:
all that you have

not been spared.


Katharine Rauk is the author of the chapbook Basil (Black Lawrence Press 2011) and has poems published or forthcoming in Harvard Review, Pleiades, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hobart, and many others. Her poems have been choreographed by dancers as well as performed by musicians. She writes book reviews for Scout and teaches at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota.