Four Way Books
Bad Daughter
by Sarah Gorham

ISBN: 978-1-935536-16-1
paper, 67 pages, $14.95

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Hear it fall, laughter from a train.
Under the transparent tapping,
crawl into a hollow
sleep. First comes a dream
of cocktail banter. Then crazy
clappers in a grange hall.
It makes her sad, this uncalled for
enthusiasm. Answers unlink and veer from their questions.
Deer blink under the dangerous wires.
Now is not the time to hope
in the smoke of night, in deep
dying boughs. She cannot feel her hands
nor find her serious throat.