Well, it's here at last, and in celebration, I'd like to share a favorite poem of mine that can be found in the book that I haven't shared here before:
Desert Sheep-herding in the Winter
By Laura Nielson Baxter
Thirty coyotes will draw even the best dog
away from his flock.
I stand at the top of the bluff and watch.
Further, further, he chases coyotes. One then another.
Falling prey to their tricks
despite my calls.
Two hundred sheep under juniper scrub
interrupt thin streams of rain with breathy clouds.
I’ve seen this happen once before, with my grandpa,
but this time I choose not to watch as the wild pack
entices my best dog, of fifteen years, away.
I already know what will happen—he’ll fall, exhausted.
So I train my ear on anything else but his yelps.
There. Above the ravine, a magpie calls through the rain.
There are lots of big names in this book, and it was an honor to be considered good enough to be published alongside these awesome authors! If you would like your own copy of this fantastic anthology so that you can read all of the other incredible pieces, you can pre-order one here.