Chansonette Buck in Lorain, Ohio, 2011
photo by Dianne Borsenik

science project, pocatello

as a child, i was always drawn by death.
i thought it was a fifth-grade project
but i started it so early. early
i slammed out the shack door,
trotting barefoot on night-cooled dust
through sage, mountain flowers, purpleweed,
combing the borders of the government land
looking for death. sometimes i found it:
horse skulls,
jackrabbit bones,
field mice under a juniper,
lizard skins drying on the hot red rocks.


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“science project, pocatello” (c) 2012 by Chansonette Buck, all rights reserved.  It appears in her just published chapbook desire lines (Crisis Chronicles Press).  desire lines features 17 poems on high quality ivory paper with a cover consisting of ashen orange and white cardstock.  Dimensions: 9 x 7 inches.  It is available for $6 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111.

Cover foto captured by Steven B. Smith in Oaxaca, Mexico

Chansonette Buck spent her childhood “on the road” as stepdaughter of a Black Mountain poet, living all over the American West, in England, and in Spain. She holds the PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she concentrated on 20th-century poetry and poetics and wrote a dissertation on childhood trauma as the source of William Carlos Williams’s poetic obsessions. She has a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art, and has won awards for her visual art, her poetry, and her teaching. Chapters of her memoir Unnecessary Turns: Growing Up Beat have appeared in Why We Ride: Women Writers on the Horses in Their Lives (Seal Press, May 2010) and Polarity eMagazine (Fall 2010). Her poems have appeared online and in print, including a feature in the journal tinfoildresses 2012. Her first chapbook, blood oranges (NightBallet Press, 2011), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Berkeley with her family, her boa constrictor, and way too many cats and dogs.