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A Log Cabin From Scratch                                                          {forthcoming in MMM Vol. X.}

by Hal Sirowitz


I look down at my dog

and notice a small log

in her mouth. She soon

sees another log and

wants that one, too,

as though she had plans

to build a log cabin. She's

now making the necessary

calculations and tests to see

whether she can carry both.

She can't. She can only

carry one at a time. She'll

never be the Abraham Lincoln

of dogs and live in a log cabin

built by her own paws.






Hal Sirowitz is the author of the books of poems, Mother Said, My Therapist Said, Before, During & After and Father Said. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship is a 2003-2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. In 2001, Sirowitz was named Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. His poems have been widely anthologized in collections such as Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems and in Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast. He has performed on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged, PBS’s Poetry Heaven, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Garrison Keillor has read Sirowitz’s work on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac. Sirowitz works as a special education teacher for the New York City public schools.