In her own words...

"To the Rescue"


Think of a lizard as a spot of day-glo green,
insect-sized, though in all ways perfect.

Lost in this kitchen of chrome-souled
recipes for oblivion, he looks hard at me.

His skin, my skin, our heartbeats tight with
trauma, I carry him out where, tack-sharp,

two green push-ups, and a cool survey
of the universe, my endangered species

walks, not runs, away, leaving his savior
staring at two brown leaves pasted by rain. 


About this work

“To the Rescue” was first published in Ploughshares, Vol. 33, no. 4 (Winter 2007-08), p. 177.  It is also included in Dorothea Tanning's book, Coming to That: Poems, New York: Graywolf Press, 2011, p. 41, and may not be reprinted without the publisher's permission.