Winter 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 1 Poetry |

Turenne / Francs-Bourgeois

A winter Tuesday morning: people shopped with damp dogs bundling under their purchases in light rain, fine as an unspoken wish while merchants scoured and scrubbed their premises. From behind the jazz-club's curtained door held open with a bucket and a mop, a Yorkshire terrier surged out and frisked and yipped around the tweedy-elegant heels of a couple with a Lab, that risked a curious butt-sniff, also punishment. The thin-lipped woman whipped the Labrador across the nose, but only with the leash. The dog whimpered and cringed. A passerby across the street from them began to cry.

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Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, most recently Names (W.W. Norton 2010), and of ten collections of poetry translated from French. She received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation in 2009 for Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a former editor of The Kenyon Review.

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