Should Leash Laws

By Todd Boss Todd Boss Read the Q & A
                                                                                                       govern
a canine
                                                                                              meeting,
                        their paws
                                                                                                       all over
instinct’s
                                                                                  greeting,
it’s we   
                                                                                  who do
              the dancing
                                                                                                       there, lest
              our restraints
                                                                                            ourselves
ensnare.
                                        Over the head,
between
                                                                                  the legs,
                        we tangle
                                                                                                       with our
rules
                                                                                              & regs
                                                     like film
in a projector’s
                                                                                                       cogs,
                                        reclaim
              the lead,
                                                                                  then blame
the dogs.

Source: Poetry (April 2010).

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This poem originally appeared in the April 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2010
 Todd  Boss

Biography

Poet Todd Boss grew up on a cattle farm in Wisconsin, and was educated at St. Olaf College and the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he received an MFA. Boss’s pared-down, idea-driven poems are propelled by internal rhyme and balance clarity with a nuanced attention to sound. “I think of poems as pieces of music, or a work of architecture,” he told the Utne Reader in 2009. “The poem is a space that you’re inviting someone . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Life Choices

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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