Dog of the Morning

 —in memory of guide dog Corky

She brings me my shoes, separately, one by one

And drops them softly on the counterpane

As if to say: a day is here 

With all the colors of waking

Seeing I didn’t know

Knowing my tangled dream

A man in late middle age

Caught with Edgar Poe

His shadows moving to and fro

At windows

A day of high wind

So one by one

I slip my feet inside.

Stephen Kuusisto and HarleyABOUT: Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is StephenKuusisto.com.

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(Photo picturing the cover of Stephen Kuusisto’s new memoir “Have Dog, Will Travel” along with his former guide dogs Nira (top) and Corky, bottom.) Bottom photo by Marion Ettlinger