Spring 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 2 FictionApril 4, 2023 |

The Bear

I was sitting on the cabin’s porch watching the moon rise between two tall pines and H was in the kitchen making hot chocolate when there was a noise in the woods and a bear emerged out of the dusk and crossed the several yards of rocks and pine needles toward the porch. Moving neither slowly nor fast, it mounted the two steps onto the decking. It seemed to be looking across the porch, into the pines and aspens on the other side, and I thought it was going to keep moving directly in front of my chair and back into the forest, where it surely belonged. But when it got to the side of the chair it stopped, lowered itself a little, and very deliberately laid its head in my lap. A bear, a medium-sized bear.  It was a strange sensation, the bear still enough that I couldn’t feel any movement from its breath through its thick coat. I wasn’t breathing at all. I was afraid to look down at the bear directly, and I kept my back stiff against the chair’s plastic and my gaze part

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Lindsay Turner is the author of the poetry collection Songs & Ballads (Prelude Books, 2018) and the translator of several books of contemporary Francophone poetry and philosophy, including works by Stéphane Bouquet, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Anne Dufourmantelle, and Ryoko Sekiguchi. Her second book of poems, The Upstate, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in fall 2023. Turner lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at Case Western Reserve University. She is currently working on a collection of short stories, The Worst Animal.

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