City of Bears / Molly Sutton Kiefer

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dancing girl press, 2013

 Molly Sutton Kiefer is the author of the hybrid essay Nestuary (Ricochet Editions, forthcoming) and the poetry chapbook The Recent History of Middle Sand Lake (Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press, winner 2010). She is a member of the Caldera Poetry Collective, serves as poetry editor to Midway Journal, and runs Balancing the Tide: Motherhood and the Arts | An Interview Project. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, daughter, and newborn son. More can be found at .


A girl shaped like a bear. A bear-shaped girl.
A girl inside the maw of a bear. A girl with a breath like a roar.
A roar beneath me. Well-trained. Shields and pistons.
A wet field. Cupped hands in a fountain.
The chill that travels there. Bones like a dancer.
Skittering. A pelted promise. Wearing my pelt.
Dance by a firepit. A girl shaped like a girl.