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One-Eared Greyhound

By Dara-Lyn Shrager

Translucent that delicate flesh,

blue-collared brindle on stilts,

spirals of breath doubling out

his snout into this wintry mix

of fever and fear. Pink flap

where a second ear should be.

Half of every sound dead

to him, squirrel-scratch and fish-flip

and somebody far away

calling his name. Half the news

we mute, the other half we cannot

stop repeating. How we long

to be warm, taken somewhere

by loving hands and stroked to sleep.

Dara-Lyn Shrager is the co-founder and editor of Radar Poetry. Her full-length manuscript Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee was published by Barrow Street Press in 2018, after being named a finalist for the Barrow Street Poetry Prize. Dara-Lyn holds an MFA from Bennington College and a BA from Smith College. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals, including Crab Creek Review, River Heron Review, Barn Owl Review, The Greensboro Review, Nashville Review, Passages North, Salamander, Southern Humanities Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal and Yemassee. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine and others.

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