Bonnet cocked, ears flopped, under a wig prop he said, what matters is truth fur muzzle, tooth dazzle, scent of blood and vermouth the truth about people flat iris sparkle under hungry eye gargle people you love.
Dear wolf, dear ravenous, dear raven Who will peck and click at these remains? I have saved for you this white leg, I have saved you from the watchman’s beam, the hunter’s muzzle. I have cordoned a corner, salvaged sanctuary. For you I roll, for you I puppy-prance, bared belly, dignity discarded, spread myself like […]
The toothy man shows me. The toothy man knows. Fingers my basket, my meats, my rolls, my treats and sweet deliverables, sniffs at my clothes, pulls at hem of worsted wool with cared-for nails, carefully he lays out the way: a line in the loam a stack of white stones on featherbed moss, transcribes a […]
Emily Pérez is the author of House of Sugar, House of Stone, and the chapbook Backyard Migration Route. She holds degrees from Stanford and the University of Houston, where she was poetry editor for Gulf Coast and taught with Writers in the Schools. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry Quarterly, Bennington Review, Crab […]