Leah Claire Kaminski's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Fence, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Vinyl, and ZYZZYVA. Her debut chapbook,Peninsular Scar, will be published by Dancing Girl Press in late 2018, and her first full-length book has recently been shortlisted by Tupelo Press and Sundress Publications. A 2018 resident artist at Everglades National Park and recipient of support from the Napa Valley Writer's Conference, the Community of Writers, and the Ora Lerman Trust, she teaches writing at UC Irvine.
We walked along the edges of the pickup bed to avoid the alligators in the center, we were tipping and taunting and finally falling into the bed and scrambling, forgetting there were alligators when we found the sun-rotted tarps . . .