Home Notes

Carole is still in Hungary living it up in the high style college arts administrators have come to expect in this decedent, liberal society of ours. I'm home with the dogs & though our dog-guest Nugget went back home today, that still leaves four. Truth is, the dogs are bad for my intellectual life -- they are happiest when we are all sprawled on the couch watching TV, one terrier pressed against each thigh, another terrier snuggled behind my neck (better than a heat pack for arthritis), & the lab sprawled on the rug at my feet. Under such circumstances, it's hard to move, though they will tolerate an occasional trip to the fridge for another beer. They are delightful.

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.

2 thoughts on “Home Notes”

  1. Ain’t grammar a bitch! Of course I could disambiguate the sentence by adding “tolerate my making an occasional trip. . . ” But damn, I’d like to see these dogs something useful for a change!

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