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Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler living outside Placerville, CA ("on the outskirts of Rescue"). She’s included in the anthologies Villanelles (Everyman’s Library, 2012) and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University, 2004). Her book The Downstairs Dance Floor was awarded the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. Her latest book is What the Wind Says (Lummox Press, 2013), poems about living and working with her canine search partners over the past 40 years.
The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Taylor Graham and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
A stuffed robber hangs from that façade
This morning my dog leads
Dogs have their principles.
not like what he showed me
father, mother, child-sized dolls
something out of place
Ron Kolm is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin magazine and the editor of the Evergreen Review. He is the author of The Plastic Factory (Autonomedia), Divine Comedy (Fly By Night Press) and Suburban Ambush (Autonomedia). He’s had work published in Live Mag!, Gathering of the Tribes, the Poetry Super Highway, Urban Graffiti, Mungbeing and the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Ron has worked in many of the signature independent bookstores of New York City. Kolm’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, where they’ve been catalogued in the Fales Collection as part of the Downtown Writers Group.
The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Ron Kolm and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
We got off an R train
There was a girl
As the train stopped
While we were waiting
I could hear an express
“My God!” you cried,
I walked up to the front car
Cops finally came