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My mother died he writes
in the air she left behind
glasses, a lighter, a novel
open on the ottoman
where her black cat naps
in his house now he writes
my mother died and again
her body falls in her den
the cop jimmies the back door
sees her dog standing guard
feeds her animals before he calls
I’m sorry
her son pets the black cat
in her absence
in her notebooks he finds
I have pitched my tent
in the land of Hope
he will scatter her ashes
across the Brazos River
they waded one summer
across shallow waters
to pick blackberries she said
you have to know where to look

Brad Richard

Brad Richard
was recognized  as the 2015 Louisiana Culture Award for “Artist of the Year” in 2015. He is founder and Chair of Creative Writing Department at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans and Co-Director of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards/ Southeast Louisiana Writing Region. He has published three collections of poetry and was the winner of the 2010 Washington Prize. His work has been featured in numerous anthologies and journals. Richard has received many grants and awards, including the Century Swept Brutal/ Black Ocean Award in Excellence; a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship in Literature; the Poets & Writers, Inc., Writers Exchange Award in Poetry; and a Surdna Foundation Artist Teacher Fellowship.