We are unable to display your institutional affiliation without JavaScript turned on.
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE

Find using OpenURL

Rent from DeepDyve Rent from DeepDyve

Clearing with a Machete

From: Appalachian Heritage
Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2014
p. 73 | 10.1353/aph.2014.0025

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

For Thor

The early summer swing of a blade
Against brier must not trifle with the
Wiggling ink of a surprised black snake.
Its body will quake as it sings through
The thicket, loops itself through the risky
Puzzle of sapling branch and shivers its tail
In the dead leaves to mimic a timber rattle.
A ferocious deceit, enough to make a man
Circle back with machete on guard.

But this was mere challenge to you, Brave One,
Lion of the lawn, Ajax of the alleyway.
Felis catus, bearing your god’s name
With thunderous fare, wrath ruffling your
Eyes and fur as you sprang to ancient war,
Outdoing machete’s steel with quick
Tined claws, measuring yourself against
The serpent’s fretted strike. Defeat for him
Was written in that morning’s haruspicy,
His flight foretold in the curled tendons
Of your Friskies dish.

Charles Dodd White  

Charles Dodd White was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in both the city and the woods. He has been a Marine, a fishing guide, and a journalist. The recepient of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, he is the author of the novels A Shelter of Others and Lambs of Men, the short story collection Sinners of Sanction County, and co-editor of the contemporary Appalachian short story anthology Degrees of Separation. He currently lives in Candler, North Carolina.

Copyright © 2014 Berea College
Project MUSE® - View Citation
Charles Dodd White. "Clearing with a Machete." Appalachian Heritage 42.2 (2014): 73-73. Project MUSE. Web. 12 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
White, C. D.(2014). Clearing with a Machete. Appalachian Heritage 42(2), 73. The University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved July 12, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Charles Dodd White. "Clearing with a Machete." Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 2 (2014): 73-73. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 12, 2014).
T1 - Clearing with a Machete
A1 - White, Charles Dodd
JF - Appalachian Heritage
VL - 42
IS - 2
SP - 73
EP - 73
PY - 2014
PB - The University of North Carolina Press
SN - 1940-5081
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/appalachian_heritage/v042/42.2.white.html
N1 - Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2014
ER -


You must be logged in through an institution that subscribes to this journal or book to access the full text.


Shibboleth authentication is only available to registered institutions.

Project MUSE

For subscribing associations only.

Research Areas


  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access