At dawn it was -25° though as the sun came up it began to warm slightly. The dogs made quick runs out back, came in & ate their breakfasts & are now sleeping. The high today will be around 0°. I'm not going anywhere except for a quick trip to the post office. School begins in a week & I have "massive amounts" (as my students would say) of preparation to finish.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.