The Names of Animals I Have Loved | Alexis David

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ALEXIS DAVID is a poet and fiction writer who holds a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, an MA in education from Canisius College and an MFA in fiction from New England College. She has published in My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry(BlazeVOX 2017), Green Mountains Review, Qween City, Ghost City Review, and Thimble Magazine. Alexis is from Buffalo, NY and enjoys poetry about the human-animal relationship.


Desert Flooding

I follow the darkness into the darkness
find rectangles of light that border the moon
I follow darkness in my own home

a long time ago, I woke in the darkness
to a ring of light. the moon and the San Rafael reef
and a river and I followed the darkness into the darkness

camping: urine mixing with sand reminds me I am an animal
and that pissing is such a perfect verb.