Some Things About Home

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Home is where good fortune is two dogs
and a gracious plenty is three

where it’s whispered Agent Orange was spread
to clear the fields for cattle, where our worries
smolder in the pastures like a spring burn,

where even our best beloved neighbor
has a cache of guns, where the chicken houses
susurrate with the murmur of debeaked hens

and the stench of pigs raised on concrete
rinses into the Buffalo River, where the big road

is coming to our little mountains, where we eat what
the tourists leave and our animals get the scraps.

Some Things About Home by Wendy Taylor Carlisle

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About Author

Wendy Taylor Carlisle was born in Manhattan, raised in Bermuda, Connecticut and Ft Lauderdale, Florida and lives now in the Arkansas Ozarks in a house she built in 1980. She has an MA from The University of Arkansas and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of Reading Berryman to the Dog (Jacaranda Press, 2000) and Discount Fireworks (Jacaranda Press, 2008) and three chapbooks, After Happily Ever After, 2River Chapbook Series, #15, 2003, The Storage of Angels, Slow Water Press, 2008 and Persephone on the Metro (MadHat press, 2014). Find out more about her on her Web site: WendyTaylorCarlisle.com.

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