C. Wade Bentley

I can just make out the raccoons barreling along the top
of the fence in a ghostly freight train, each dark boxcar
bristling faintly in the moonlight. My night thoughts pick up
speed alongside until each hops aboard, opening its sad
bindle of accoutrements, sipping from long-necked bottles,
leaning back to listen to the clack of tracks, the muttering
racket of coons rock-paper-scissoring for what’s next.

C. Wade Bentley lives, teaches, and writes in Salt Lake City. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Best New Poets, Rattle, Cimarron Review, New Orleans Review, and Pembroke Magazine. A full-length collection, What Is Mine, was published by Aldrich Press in January of 2015. Further information about his publications and awards can be found at