Dad held our dog up high as his arms stretched,
by the scruff of her neck, a black-furred mar
against the summer sky. Mother wasn’t home;
we saw him and hid in the folded-down pop-up camper,
its perfect skirt of weeds anchoring it to the yard.

Subscribe to read the full text.

Renee Emerson is the author of Keeping Me Still. She earned her MFA in poetry from Boston University, where she was also awarded the 2009 Academy of American Poets Prize. She is also the author of three chapbooks of poetry: Where Nothing Can Grow, The Whitest Sheets, and Something Like Flight. Emerson teaches at Shorter University and lives in Northern Georgia with her husband and daughters.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *