Steven Heighton’s most recent books are The Dead Are More Visible (stories) andWorkbook (a collection of memos and essays on creativity). His 1989 poetry collection Stalin’s Carnival was recently reissued in a revised edition by Palimpsest. He also writes fiction reviews for the New York Times Book Review.
He was tired, the gloss had gone off the day, but there was still the dog, pacing, appearing at his desk in indicting silence, with that chafing yet stoical stare—the dog drawing him on and out into day’s dimming aftermath, . . .