Kate Daniels

Kate Daniels is the author of several poetry collections, including The Niobe Poems, Four Testimonies, and A Walk in Victoria’s Secret. Among her awards are the Hanes Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a Pushcart Prize, the James Dickey Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations, as well as Harvard University’s Bunting Institute. Originally from Virginia, she is professor of English and creative writing at Vanderbilt University.

September 04, 2018

A poem from the Fall 2018 issue.

Heading east on Route 6, 
A young couple scutters by 
On a motorbike. Harley, I think. 
On their way to the beach. I can 
See his feet are bare, resting inches 
From the muffler’s burning heat—oh 
The recklessness of young men 
That makes them so exciting 
To fuck, and sends them off 
To war, whistling and marching.