The evening before leavingI shot Eric's 12 gaugeout the back of his shackinto the flourishing greenof the big, June woods.My first time with a gun-there is no promise but lotsof intimacy like Ashbery saysof the sea. A buzzard slopes overthe highway. Who knewthis rural fix for east-coast neurosiswas waiting for me with its dogwoods,its poor possum roadkill,and the high, evening cloudsthat bring shy wild turkeysup the hillside. Hegel saysthe wounds of the spirit heal,and leave no scars. But timeis just like the rest of usand wants more drinkswhen it starts having drinks at the bar.
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Sarah Stickney’s poems have appeared in journals such as Crazyhorse, Massachusetts Review, Guesthouse Lit, Forklift Ohio, and others. Her chapbook Portico was selected by Thomas Lux as the 2016 winner of Emrys Press’s annual competition. Her co-translations of Elisa Biagini’s selected poems, The Guest in the Wood, won the Best Translated Book Award for poetry in 2014, and a more complete collection of Biagini’s translated work To the Teeth was published in September 2021. Stickney teaches at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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