Jill Osier’s chapbook from won the Poetry Society of America’s 2017 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and is forthcoming from Bull City Press in 2018. She is also the author of the chapbooks Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White (Bull City Press, 2013), winner of the 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, and Bedful of Nebraskas (sunnyoutside, 2012). She lives in Alaska.
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On the day they killed the last caribou, I was in love—and I did not know caribou or cities or the needs of either. I did not know scilla, and did not know a new love would be hired to trim the grass around it. The blue flowers came up through the grass like the grass remembering. This new love and I, we drove once between cities of snow, and through the trees I could see a herd moving, matching us, pulling away.