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William Erickson

What Killing Is

I hunted grouse with my father, too young to know what killing was. Their stomachs were always full of gravel when we opened them. It was how they digested, my father said. I'd wonder how they fly with so much weight, then pull the trigger. How you digest says a lot about you, I think. How you hold this stuff inside that isn't ever yours.

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William Erickson is a poet and writer from Washington. His work appears or is forthcoming in West Branch, Heavy Feather, Sixth Finch, Feed, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, Monotonies of the Wildlife (FLP).

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