Leaving Kentucky Again



Summer is a thick
honey-tangled heft
in the chest.

Leaving, heavy
as the wet air.

big as dinner plates
govern the driveway
where we arrange our
selves by height.

I want an answer,
a good, lost dog
to wander into this,
the last photo.

I want to take him home.


Karen Harryman’s work is forthcoming in Atticus Review and has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Verse Daily, The Cortland Review and The Raleigh Review as well as other print and online journals. Auto Mechanic’s Daughter, her first book of poetry, was selected by Chris Abani for the Black Goat Poetry Series Imprint with Akashic Books, 2007. Before moving to California, she lived and worked in Kentucky for most of her life. She and her husband live in Los Angeles with their two young daughters and one old dog.

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