Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is an American Book Award–winning poet and the author of Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, and Burn, as well as a memoir, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. She is the editor of the anthologies Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II and currently serves as a Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters and is currently at work on a film, Red Dust: the dirty thirties, chronicling mixed-blood and Native life.
"dancers on toe chaotic climax extremities held in tight circles bent elbow, dainty toes, black-gray claws ears slicked back like a scorned, angered mare whiskers gleam, tails streaming along to the dance the dance the Mardi Gras the Coup d’état the Marathon They Shoot Horses Don’t They? their bodies wrapped in fur as if they should be dressed, primped, combed frenzy filled they touch lightly almost a ballet, or tap, no, free dance they are free from restraints from being minor mammal suddenly they huddle gangly approach to center like a sneak-up dance exchanging excitement they plan, this is no instinct, they prepare, premeditate mutinous recapture of the den those tunnels outside, they were not built by hares the urine odor was not left by infants dancers left this trace to forewarn intruders"