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August 09, 2004

Brain Candy

Your Dog Dies
by Raymond Carver

it gets run over by a van.
you find it at the side of the road
and bury it.
you feel bad about it.
you feel bad personally,
but you feel bad for your daughter
because it was her pet,
and she loved it so.
she used to croon to it
and let it sleep in her bed.
you write a poem about it.
you call it a poem for your daughter,
about the dog getting run over by a van
and how you looked after it,
took it out into the woods
and buried it deep, deep,
and that poem turns out so good
you're almost glad the little dog
was run over, or else you'd never
have written that good poem.
then you sit down to write
a poem about writing a poem
about the death of that dog,
but while you're writing you
hear a woman scream
your name, your first name,
both syllables,
and your heart stops.
after a minute, you continue writing.
she screams again.
you wonder how long this can go on.

Posted by Dan at August 9, 2004 08:01 AM

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Comments

:) I love that "mis en abime" stuff. It gets my literary geekiness revved like little else can.

Posted by: Nathan at August 10, 2004 02:32 PM

I simply LOVE poems that make you FEEL what the poet is saying, without the poet actually saying it. This is a great example of that.

Posted by: Big Dan at August 10, 2004 05:23 PM

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