last weekend oliver interviewed me for devil's lake
Domestication Handbook reviewed by Helen McClory
When a kid is about to die, there is a moment when the straw itches your legs
the heat lamp burns and the horror fades:
Should we try the bottle one more time?
No, maybe not.
This is the death you mourn
although six others died from the same infection
plus Charlotte with two more curled inside her.
(She’s composting behind the barn,now, in rotting straw.)
He went away, you keep saying,
after the shuddering moment when his eyes roll back
he stiffens then a gurgle and then, extinguished.
Simple forces take over: a thing bent out of shape
by its temporary inhabitant,
limbs drift back to neutral.
A little more air moves but you keep saying, he went away -"
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