Summer/Fall 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 3/4 Poetry |

Who Do You Love?

Rockers. Men who play guitar. Jimi, Stevie Ray. Pete. Who do you love? On the Ides of March in 1982 I left my contacts drifting in a shot glass full of water in my future husband's dorm room. Three months later I'm talking him off bad acid, the Colorado forest rolling down the mountain towards him. I held his shivering ribs to the carpet retelling Beowulf as well as I could remember, him calming to my voice, eyes never leaving my face. Our wedding in '85 annoyed both families, Rickie Lee Jones, not a church in sight. We drove off laughing, radio thudding behind the glass. I bought him a Guild guitar for his thirty-third birthday, Cesar Rosas has one, and Bob Weir. He said I read his mind, he'd never told me that was the kind he wanted. Who do you love? I want to tell you about a gorgeous white dog I talk to nearly every afternoon as I'm cooling down the last leg of my run. Nobody from the house ever plays with her, no kids climb the swing set. She's so happy

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Katharine Whitcomb is the author of two full-length collections of poems, The Daughter’s Almanac, which was chosen as the winner of the 2014 Backwaters Prize and published by The Backwaters Press; Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems, which was chosen by Lucia Perillo as the winner of the 2000 Bluestem Award and published by Bluestem Press; and two poetry chapbooks, Hosannas (Parallel Press, 1999) and Lamp of Letters (Floating Bridge Press, 2009), winner of the 2009 Floating Bridge Chapbook Award. She is Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Central Washington University.

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