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13 December

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She considers a field. She considers a field and buys it. Let her have the fruit of her hands.
 
We come down from the mountains. Yellow trees, green trees. I was leaving Earth but, before I did, I had to get rid of all my animals. My main one, my main model for behavior, was my snake. He was attached to the bottom of my foot but had become dangerous seeming and I was afraid he would bite me if he got the chance. My sister was there and I said, “Before I leave, I have to get rid of all my animals,” thinking maybe she’d help me. I said, “My horse, my frog, my snake…” but didn’t mention I was worried about how to dislodge my snake safely. As I was waking up, I thought of going to a place where they could give the snake a shot to knock it out or even kill it before they tried to get it off my foot. Which seemed like a pretty good idea, though inconvenient.

Kate Greenstreet, "13 December" from The Last 4 Things. Copyright © 2009 by Kate Greenstreet.  Reprinted by permission of Ahsahta Press.
Source: The Last 4 Things (Ahsahta Press, 2009)
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13 December

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  • A graphic artist and painter, Kate Greenstreet is the author of the poetry collections case sensitive (2006) and The Last 4 Things (2009), which she published with a DVD of short films based on the book. Her chapbooks include Learning the Language (2005), Rushes (2007), This is why I hurt you (2008), and CALLED (2011).In case sensitive, a female character, driving across the U.S. and writing in a journal, channels and intertwines her impressions of numerous other voices, including the work of other writers (Lorine Niedecker), of artists (Agnes Martin and Louise Bourgeois), a biography of Marie Curie, and a mystery story.
    Greenstreet has received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and her poems have been published in the Colorado Review, Fence, VOLT, and other journals.
     

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