Summer 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1996 |

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I threw a snowball across the backyard. My dog ran after it to bring it back. It broke as it fell, scattering snow over snow. She stood confused, seeing and smelling nothing. She searched in widening circles until I called her.   She looked at me and said as clearly in silence as if she had spoken, I know it's here, I'll find it, went back to the center and started the circles again.   I called her two more times before she came slowly, stopping once to look back.   That was this morning. I'm sure that she's forgotten. I've had some trouble putting it out of my mind. 

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Miller Williams was author, editor, or translator of twenty-eight books, including twelve volumes of poetry. He was widely recognized with national and international awards and with two honorary degrees and was inaugural poet for the second inauguration of President Clinton. Recent books of poetry include Living on the Surface: New and Selected Poems (LSU Press), Adjusting to the Light (University of Missouri Press), and Points of Departure and The Ways We Touch (both from University of Illinois Press).

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