I like the stories best about the ones who aren’t
The offhand reference to the ears
of the serial killer’s dog, relaxing back
when her master enters the room, how
her tail steadily thunks the carpet.
Or maybe the mouse watching the city burn,
flames twitching in the dark beads of her eyes.
The Ones Who Aren't Mentioned
Michael Bazzett’s fourth collection of poems, The Echo Chamber, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2021. His work has appeared in The Sun, the American Poetry Review, the Iowa Review, Threepenny Review, and Ploughshares, and his verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh (Milkweed 2018), was longlisted for the National Translation Award as well as named one of 2018’s ten best books of poetry by the New York Times.