Life, Everywhere                                                                       by Pat Daneman

The dog can’t help it—she tracks mud in from the yard.
Damp crumbs fall from in between her toes. I sweep,
look up and see that dust has drifted over every table,
fingers have left smears on walls and windowpanes,
lips printed the rims of cups. There is a crust of wine
in the bottom of the glass I poured last night, a spatter
of coffee across the stove. But isn’t dirt a bargain
price to pay for breath—the privilege of wandering
the dawn every morning, leaving footprints?

Pat Daneman’s poetry is recently published in Moon City Review, Poet’s Touchstone, Atlas & Alice, and Typehouse. Her collection, “After All,” was first runner up for the 2019 Thorpe-Menn Award and a finalist for the Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award. She lives in Candia, NH. Pat Daneman

Guest editor Denise Low, MFA & Ph.D., was Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09. She won the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award for Shadow Light. Other books are Wing (Red Mountain), Casino Bestiary (Spartan), and The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press), a Hefner Heitz Award finalist. At Haskell Indian Nations University she founded the creative writing program. She is a contributing editor to Essay Daily’s Midwessay


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