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Dr. Karen Head, professor of English and technical communication and director of the Center for Arts and Innovation, had her poem “Survivor’s Guilt” commended by the RC Sherriff Trust and the 17th Annual Elmbridge Literary Competition. Additionally, Head’s chapter “Two Experiments in Technologically Mediated Education: 2012 and 2020” was published in the open access book Negotiating the Intersections of Writing and Writing Instruction.
Laughing at the neighbor’s
old tabby trying to chase ducks,
I didn’t notice the danger
slip into the water
from the high grass near
the spot, in June, where the doe
delivered her spotted fawn, young
eyes wide-open but legs still shaky.
The snake was half way across,
slicing a furrow in the lake
when I saw it, suddenly
caught a whiff of the fetid air,
and told myself to be still.
I couldn’t see it slither out
or where it might be headed,
though I tried… no, really, I tried.