A Real-Life Drama

By Michael Collier b. 1953 Michael Collier
This dog standing in the middle of the street,
tail stiff, fur bushy with fear, and a pedigree rabbit,   
its neck broken and bleeding beneath his paws,   
might have been forgiven or simply taken away

and shot under different circumstances
and no one would have said much, except his owner   
who’d gone out into the yard at the start
of the commotion, having been involved

at other times with the dog’s truancies, and yelled,   
“Bosco, Bosco, goddamnit!” but unavailing,
and everyone understanding that once more Bosco   
had been taken over by the dark corner of his nature.

But this other sentiment we shared as well: the man   
Who’d raised the rabbit shouldn’t husband something   
so rare and beautiful he couldn’t keep it
from the likes of Bosco.

Michael Collier, “A Real-Life Drama” from The Ledge. Copyright © 2000 by Michael Collier. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Source: The Ledge (2000)

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Poet Michael Collier b. 1953

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Relationships, Pets, Living, Death

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Michael Collier was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953. He studied with William Meredith as an undergraduate at Connecticut College, and earned his MFA at the University of Arizona. Poet laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, Collier is also the director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland. His books of poetry include The Clasp and Other Poems (1986), The . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Pets, Living, Death

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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