POET TO NOTICE: Anne MacNaughton

We are pleased to present our next Poet to Notice: Anne MacNaughton.
We hope you enjoy these 2 poems as much as we did.


Tsuruga Po-To

wearing my japanese face
i eat soft oysters and linguine
in oddly manhattan bistro

sip islay homeland scotch
bob dylan holding low
jazz light in tiny bathroom

while moon drapes street
st. expery’s little prince stands
watch under warm sky

imma chameleon!
every path leads to
the mountain top

This poem was originally published in Malpais Review (Winter, 2016).


San Antonio Mountain

high on mountain shoulder
up to my eyes in yellow
he brought me tobacco
and called me out to be the deer

fresh shit still shines behind the grove
soft marks in dirt where large animals
have lain

we gather vermilion flowers called ‘paint’
unclear whether that’s a noun
or command

i called to you but you’d gone among the trees
your ears were full of aspens


ANNE MACNAUGHTON is a poet, author and artist based in Northern New Mexico. Co-Founder of SOMOS and director of the long-running Taos Poetry Circus, she teaches writing and coaches recitation and performance around the Southwest. Her easygoing voice has been described as reminiscent of Mary Oliver’s. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Notebook, Minerva Rising, The Best American Poetry, The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, Thus Spake the Corpse, and In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960. Her essays on poetry are included in Spoken Word Revolution and Poetry Flash. Editor of The Nineties: The Best Poetry and Photos of the Taos Poetry Circus, 1990-1999 and Wordworks, she is also a recipient of the New Mexico Literary Association’s Gratitude Award.


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