Western

by Brandon Krieg Issue: Spring 2019

 

The hunter with

amplifier

 

plays coyote

calls along

canyon walls.

 

Each loping

interloper on

owned land dropped is

 

50 dollars—

 

“50 dollars a pop”

you could say

and mean it

 

or anything,

it wouldn’t matter

to the popped dogs

 

rigored in

truck beds or

 

hanging

in DNR

freezers, their ears

 

that flicked

at faintest footfalls snipped

for samples,

 

meaning—managers

project—more

deer tags, more

 

temporary positions

stripping coyote

fur for

 

“rabbit-foot”

keychains.



Brandon Krieg

Brandon Krieg is the author of In the Gorge (Codhill 2017) and Invasives (New Rivers Press 2019), a finalist for the 2015 ASLE Book Award in Environmental Creative Writing. He teaches at Kutztown University and lives in Kutztown, PA.