POEM Alice Miller

NWR Issue 111

Unrepeatable World

An Englishman writes from his small town, one
we’ll never visit, where he gently handles the necks
of his dogs, pinching fleas
from their fur while answering calls
on late-night radio about the woods
beyond Chernobyl; sure I went there
once, he says, crunching
his brow, but I didn’t see those red foxes. Only
grass and trees that grow and reach into
still-humming machines. Those red foxes
have featured in the news, alongside a red-eyed

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Alice Miller’s poems have appeared in The Rialto, Oxford Poetry, Five Dials, Boston Review, Narrative Magazine, and Best New Zealand Poems. She is a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.


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