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Debra Kang Dean

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Debra Kang Dean

Debra Kang Dean’s most recent book is Totem: America (Tiger Bark Press, 2018). She is on the poetry faculty of Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in writing program and lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

by this poet

Whatever her story is, today
and every day that I’m here,
she’s here in her long, quilted green coat,
her companion—a beagle?—
nose to the ground, its tail
a shimmy. Unlidded to
lidded trash can they go, and
all along the fence lining the stream,
looking, I think, for whatever
salvageable cast-offs can be