Sept/Oct 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 5 PoetryMarch 19, 2024 |

Pandemic Dog

The Kenyon Review · "Pandemic Dog" by Alison Powell A heretofore unknown neighbor on the suburban sidewalk, maybe a little day-drunk, makes small talk about curb appeal while the golden puppy nips the footed leopard-print pj’s of our little girl on her scooter in late afternoon. My son calls the birds, names them, says, If you like the common grackle then you’ll love the tufted titmouse so we order him a bird whistle made of metal and rosin. Yesterday a red-winged blackbird ate from his hand; he was more still than he has ever been. Having been nearly smoothed out by that institution, school, he becomes offhand and strange again. In the grass we play games — truth or dare would you rather knock knock who’s there what animal are you while an older couple p

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Alison Powell is a poet, lyric essayist, and scholar. Her second collection of poetry, Boats in the Attic, won the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize and is forthcoming from Fordham University Press; she is also the author of The Art of Perpetuation (Black Lawrence Press, 2020) and On the Desire to Levitate (Ohio University Press, 2014). Powell is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oakland University and lives with her husband, son, and daughter in metro Detroit.

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