At dusk the streetlights stand like beacons to the underworld, a girl runs toward me beaded with rain and sweat. I think husk, wheels— seeds rattle, shake loose and a candle is held to the egg's red mass she is too young to see. In Pompeii those bodies are not bodies but plaster poured into the cavity
Maxine Scates is the author of Undone (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2011), Black Loam (WordTech Communications, 2005), and Toluca Street (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989). She is the recipient of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, the Lyre Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission and from Literary Arts. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.