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The Wolf, the Hunter, and Me


a light like a spotted snake in the ever night
not still, not moving, slowing unwinding he is the wolf
he feared ; I could not understand the eruption
of something, something from the bellybutton of the world.
a wolf has wolf eyes; so he fears the wolf.
the wolf in his lair. he, the killer with piano hands
ensconced on a milled plate of steel
where nails are made to kill.
not listening to my pleas.
no pamphlet tears of mine will switch
his gears. he will kill if he can. I, the lonely
fool. the wolf wiser than me. he, the man,
who will himself rot someday, the food of worms
today tells me the wolf is like a snake.


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Still trying to get to grips with this one. So far, the I is a mediator trying to keep the hunter and the wolf separate. Trying not to give in to the easy equation that the hunter (skilled. piano hands. killing as art/ culture. wonderful image) seems to draw. the snake has to be killed. the garden's got to be sanitized. but here things get complicated. "he is the wolf he feared" but then he is himself the snake as well. now where i am stuck is deciding how much of this is symbolic (lone wolf/ lone man, snake/ self-knowledge) and how much gets sedimented just by following the equations the poem sets forth.

when i have soemthing more intelligible to offer, well, i will drop back in.

enjoyed.
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arka,

The perspective shifts. The wolf is moving through the trees, glimmering like a spotted snake. Light reflects off his coat as he glides through the trees. The hunter sees this, the wolf he fears. Hope it helps. Thanks for reading. Zak

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Still trying to get to grips with this one. So far, the I is a mediator trying to keep the hunter and the wolf separate. Trying not to give in to the easy equation that the hunter (skilled. piano hands. killing as art/ culture. wonderful image) seems to draw. the snake has to be killed. the garden's got to be sanitized. but here things get complicated. "he is the wolf he feared" but then he is himself the snake as well. now where i am stuck is deciding how much of this is symbolic (lone wolf/ lone man, snake/ self-knowledge) and how much gets sedimented just by following the equations the poem sets forth.

when i have soemthing more intelligible to offer, well, i will drop back in.

enjoyed.



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Thank you Zak. your comments confirmed what i had already got from the poem. if you look at my comments, i was identifying the "me" with some sort of mediator between the wolf and the hunter. "Pamphlet tears" of course nudged me in that direction too. Anyway, what i was talking about was this portion "where he is the wolf/ he feared." i was trying to think this through. is he the hunter killing himself in some sense when he mistakes the wolf for a snake? a delusional look at a species which is no way inferior to the hunter's? Also thought on the lone wolf angle. That the wolf has wolf eyes, is ruled by instincts and dictated by a logic of necessity and survival. While the hunter is a diff sort of predator altogether


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Arka,

I appreciate the levels you've captured. Anytime we write, some of it is intuitive. So, nothing you say about this is faulty. The genesis of this comes from my fruitless discussions with relatives and friends in the Great Northwest who live mentally in the 18th and 19th centuries when it comes to man's encounters with the Wild. I end up looking like a simpering idiot in their eyes. Of course, my concerns bolster my own determination. The poem hopefully captures some of the contradictions and complexities, even my own. Thanks again. Zak

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Thank you Zak. your comments confirmed what i had already got from the poem. if you look at my comments, i was identifying the "me" with some sort of mediator between the wolf and the hunter. "Pamphlet tears" of course nudged me in that direction too. Anyway, what i was talking about was this portion "where he is the wolf/ he feared." i was trying to think this through. is he the hunter killing himself in some sense when he mistakes the wolf for a snake? a delusional look at a species which is no way inferior to the hunter's? Also thought on the lone wolf angle. That the wolf has wolf eyes, is ruled by instincts and dictated by a logic of necessity and survival. While the hunter is a diff sort of predator altogether



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Coming back to this, I realize I have been reading undwinding as something of a neologism-- undwindling all along. Is it a typo for unwinding then?
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I need an editor. Yes, should be "unwinding." Thanks

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Coming back to this, I realize I have been reading undwinding as something of a neologism-- undwindling all along. Is it a typo for unwinding then?



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You have a poem here. This is that rare thing, a poem.

Tere
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