teaches English and creative writing at the University of Maryland University College. Her work has appeared in Partisan Review, Fiction, StoryQuarterly, and the Johns Hopkins Magazine, among others. She is the author of Choke Creek and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Together with Dr. Benjamin Oldfield, she runs AfterWards, a program in Narrative Medicine in the Charlotte Bloomberg Chidlren’s Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
We rarely know the pain and suffering that envelops the people closest to us. In this loving tribute, the poetic structure of an Auden poem serves as a frame to remember a neighbor who loved dogs but couldn’t hang onto life.