Man in the Woods by t.m thomson

art by Cynthia Yatchman

The night sky peppered

with salty stars—its moon bulb

lights field and root

and moss laced with mist

so that the man with the briefcase

cannot see his feet     where  he’s been

where he’ll go if he enters

these woods of heavily-robed

trees.  He sees limbs     a flutter

of spiky hands or feathered hair

in love with wind

but nothing absolute.

Ivory-pink flowers softly glowing—

they shed teeth and curved

claws like dragon fledglings

at the edges     the beginnings

of these barely-lit woods

and O how they grin

jaggedly.


Three of t.m. thomson’s poems have been nominated for Pushcart Awards.  She is co-author of Frame and Mount the Sky (2017) and author of Strum and Lull  (2019), which placed in Golden Walkman’s 2017 chapbook competition, and The Profusion (2019).  Her passions include kickboxing, playing in mud, and savoring art. 

Cynthia Yatchman is a Seattle based artist and art instructor. With an M.A. in child development and a B. A. in education, she has a strong interest in art education and teaches art to adults, children and families in Seattle. A former ceramicist, she studied with J.T. Abernathy in Ann Arbor, MI., though after receiving her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington she switched from 3D art to 2D and has stayed there since, working primarily on paintings, prints and collages. Her art is housed in numerous public and private collections and has been shown nationally in California, Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon and Wyoming. She has exhibited extensively in the Northwest, including shows at Seattle University, Seattle PaciOic University, Shoreline Community College, the Tacoma and Seattle Convention Centers and the PaciOic Science Center. She is an afOiliate member of Gallery 110 and is a member of the Seattle Print Art Association and COCA (Center of Contemporary Art).