It was simple conversation,
nothing complicated,
all earth-based:
the soil’s well-being,
no discussion of the current
state of American fiction

Just a few words
between Jack and the kingsnake coiled
under the rock marking
Mr. London’s final call
of the wild

Australian-born Katrin Talbot’s collections, The Waiting Room for the Imperfect Alibis and The Devil Orders A Latte are forthcoming from Kelsay Books and Fernwood Press, respectively. She has seven chapbooks, two Pushcart Prize nominations and quite a few chickens.