Felt in Touch with Deceased Person

Barbwire stretched across a county

road will stop a Chevy dead just

as a horse barely a horse and owned

by the pasture that holds it will catch

barbwire in the dark of its tail a road

this empty will hook anything alive

Carey McHugh is the author of the full-length collection, American Gramophone (Augury Books) and the chapbook, Original Instructions for the Perfect Preservation of Birds &c. (Poetry Society of America). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and Tin House, among others. She lives in New York.