Mouse in the House

August 15, 2016

Or rather, in my writing Hut. When I set my first mouse trap in my forest van sanctuary, I felt I was committing an unethical act akin to that of the American military rounding up Natives–if not in magnitude, at least in attitude. After all, this was the traditional territory of mice, woodpeckers, and poison ivy. I was only an intruder. (And the poison ivy …

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I Am a Small Mouse

September 16, 2015

I am a small mouse crouching in the grass, pink ears trembling, sky too large. This haiku, along with a poster-sized illustration of a small mouse in large grass, hangs on the east wall of my bedroom. I have never written anything more self-descriptive. Several years ago, I submitted the haiku to Red Cedar, the literary magazine put out by the University of Wisconsin in …

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