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  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Diane Thiel (bio)

The problem isthey lie. Ignored,they tend to cover the floor,fill the halls, block the door. Eventually,there is not a decent spot to put your foot.They have gathered here for years, taking root,seeming to be sleeping. You have to walk gingerlyto get past them all. Here and there, avoid a tail. Avoidthe growl inside the nightmare. Make your way, stepby carefulside-step.But if the door is blocked, you might still getout whatever windowisn't covered yet.Some of us, historically,are good at this.Some of us learned earlyhow to squeeze through suchtight-lipped passages. [End Page 403]

Diane Thiel

DIANE THIEL has published 10 books of poetry and nonfiction, with a new book of poetry forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Thiel's work has appeared widely, including in Poetry and The Hudson Review. A Professor at the University of New Mexico, her awards include PEN, NEA, and Fulbright Awards. Learn more about her work at



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