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Exotic Treats

Especially on long drives through the country,
you like to tell that story about your old girlfriend
whose parrot was killed one afternoon
by a raccoon who stole in through the pet door.
It was horrible, you say. Feathers everywhere.
Are you laughing? Stop laughing.
She really loved that bird.

—Laura McKee

Laura McKee, “Exotic Treats” from See You Soon.

Copyright © 2016 by Laura McKee.

Reprinted with permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of the University of Arkansas Press,

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About the Poet

Laura McKee is the author of Uttermost Paradise Place, winner of the 2009 Honickman First Book Prize, and See You Soon, winner of the 2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington and lives in Seattle.