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Diane Seuss

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Diane Seuss's second book, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (University of Massachusetts Press​, 2010), received the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and her third book, Four-Legged Girl, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2015. She is Writer-in-Residence at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

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If there’s pee on the seat it’s my pee,
battery’s dead I killed it, canary at the bottom
of the cage I bury it, like God tromping the sky
in his undershirt carrying his brass spittoon,
raging and sobbing in his Hush Puppy house
slippers with the backs broke down, no Mrs.
God to make


The grief, when I finally contacted it 
decades later, was black, tarry, hot,
like the yarrow-edged side roads 
we walked barefoot in the summer. 

Sometimes we’d come upon a toad 
flattened by a car tire, pressed into 
the softened pitch, its arms spread out