Stand by Sharon Denmark


Someone put a deer stand on the clear cut’s
edge, facing a field of rutted red mud
and torn, bent saplings. In the winter distance
another purple-gray line of forest
is left standing. Cloven hooves make their way
through this new game of pick up sticks. “The hunting
of deer or bear with a gun, firearm, or other weapon
with the aid or assistance of dogs
on Sunday is prohibited,” as though
there’s enough bloodshed bound on onion skin pages
to sustain us through that day.


Sharon Denmark is an artist and writer from Virginia. Most recently, her work has appeared in FERAL. During the day she can be found sorting through life’s leftovers.

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