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  • A Brief History of Fiction
  • Keith Leonard (bio)

If I get the story right my mother’s empty bottles

will melt back into sand — just enough for a shoreline

the size of our driveway. We could hold our shoes

by their heels without talking. In this version, I know

the password to leaven the latch of fingers

wrapped around aluminum cans. I hold a compact mirror

up to her nose to see the fog of the living. If I get the story

right, a fog will settle over the shore and there

will be no other place to look but at each other. [End Page 1]

Keith Leonard

Keith Leonard is an MFA candidate at Indiana University. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize and a finalist for the Washington Square poetry prize, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Laurel Review, Meridian, and Toad.



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