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How to Start Your Poem

2012 Poetry Contest Honorable Mention

Let your dog run
see where it goes

what it turns up
what it brings back

a hollow yellow ball
a blue baby shoe

a rabbit-skin glove
the thumb torn off

a shimmering star-
ling fluttering in

its mouth
a broken wing

its eyes spark-
ling beads of ebony

its burnished beak
locked open

a tongue inside.

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Badger born and bred, Dion Kempthorne was a linebacker on the 1963 Wisconsin Rose Bowl team. He earned a PhD in English from UW-Madison, and then taught English in the UW Colleges and served as CEO/Dean at UW-Richland.

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