First poem published from a new poetry chapbook I’ve recently finished! Thanks to the editors of Animal lit mag for supporting my work.

Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine

The Salamander by Joey la Cascia; for more information, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/theArtofJoeylaCascia The Salamander by Joey la Cascia; for more information, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/theArtofJoeylaCascia

The Hunting Cabin

by Stacia M. Fleegal

I’m sitting on the back porch trying not to jump out of my new not-almost-married skin, talking to my father about anything but abuse. He knows about escapism. It used to be the hunting cabin; now, with his deteriorating health that makes his return as likely as my living alone in the woods, or doing childhood over again, it’s remembering the hunting cabin. I caught my first fish in the pond there, a foot-long rainbow trout, returned it, and a salamander he wouldn’t let me keep as a pet, and I now know he was being merciful, not mean, subjecting me to the 20-minute heartbreak instead of introducing me to death. He wouldn’t let me shoot, and we both now wish he would have. I met another little girl there, with her…

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