The Search

Tim Kercher

The dog tracked into the classroom

as we slunk into the hallway—


its German Shepherd-wolf mix

mane extending like a small quasar


of coffee and night, the dark

orifice of nose as its epicenter,


the very center of the universe

launching into book


bags, backpacks, purses

populating the vast sky


of my classroom: the sensation

of sensation searching


for what can only be perceived

through a whiff


like the half-finished poems

on the desks of my students.




Nonfiction
Poetry
Fiction