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Driving Montana, Alone

by Katie Phillips

2010, 41 pages

Winner of the 2010 Sapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition.


By the cemetery, I hit him.
He did not make a sound,
just wrapped his striped tail round and
dipped the tip in the blood he was becoming.

I went back and hit him again,
to be right, to be kind.
That road was never darker.
My headlights must have seemed
like distant moons, then blazing suns-
then music of the spheres.

The moon, so orange, did not fit
between leaves. It slipped
away, made itself
an anti-leaf. I thought if, heavy
with haze, it crashed down
on this paved planet,
there would be no room
for me.

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Audio Sample:

As read by the author, Katie Phillips


About the Author:

Katie Phillips
Praise For Driving Montana, Alone

"The haunting poems in Driving Montana, Alone are in physical and spiritual motion ."

     óConnie Wanek

"Phillips offers her readers a series of gritty, pastoral, elegiac poems. Her radiantly distilled meditations are uncompromising, direct, and beautiful."

     óDenise Duhamel

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