Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 Luminous Gender VesselAugust 31, 2023 |

Dog

The policeman was going to shoot my dog. I was begging him not to shoot. We were lost. We are lost. I have not recovered from the surgeries. My wife reads aloud the transcript of the young man being arrested for the final time as the car I am driving moves through the brightness of the sun. We were just out for a drive. I have to keep trying to do this or it will go away, like my friends did. I dread stop signs. I have to make a sandwich in the morning that seems like eating vegetables, to pay a tax bill or decide to default, which has a pleasant literal sound, like California. Nothing is to my credit, my perfect credit. The specialists granted me an appointment but on my arrival refused to see me. No one brushed their teeth enough during the pandemic that is not over, but people are brushing their teeth more regularly again, thank goodness. I live in the woods. Not in the actual woods, but outside surrounding me are deep woods, not mine, the county’s, where animals live and breed

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Theodore Worozbyt is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Georgia Council for the Arts. His most recent books are The Rhino Narrative (Cyberwit Press, 2023), Echo’s Recipe (Cyberwit Press, 2022), and Tuesday Marriage Death (Unsolicited Press, 2022). Worozbyt teaches at Georgia State University.

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