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Published in Room Volume 38.2 (2015)

Winner of Room’s Creative Non-Fiction Writing Contest, 2nd Place, 2014

“a blunt yet thoughtfully crafted piece of writing that captures a love of animals in ways that overly polarized debates about ethics and cruelty rarely allow for…it offers insight into questions of vivisection without falling prey to simplification: instead it relies both on the author’s private reflections and on her deeply personalized relationship with other living things.”

                   - Contest Judge Sarah de Leeuw

She is a black puppy with mismatched eyes, trembling in my arms, a caged beagle, waiting for me, waiting so patiently. She is the willow tree, whispering and golden, so golden it brings tears to my eyes. She is me. We are eyes and fur and leaves and hearts.

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