Farrah Field's first book Rising won the 2007 Levis Prize and will be published in early 2009 by Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in The Mississippi Review, Margie, Chelsea, The Massachusetts Review, Harpur Palate, Pool, Typo, Harp & Altar, and Sojourn. You can hear her read two of her poems at The Cortland Review.
Even a week later the hand is clear sitting in the leaves like soap in a bowl. It's easy to discern when a body is dead. Most of us are animals. Most of us know when we're not alone. A head that doesn't turn toward on-leaf footsteps isn't alive. You don't have to touch it to know. Even when we saw the blood in the room. The holes all over her body came next. All you had to do was look at her hand. If you weren't thinking about your sister. If you weren't huffing the cold air.