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The Professor's Wife

A fisherman and his young son

found the body yesterday
​tangled in rotten netting
and ganglial vines
​face down in the dark green
New River. We in town drink this river.
​The father described her
​as white and bloated
with wide open eyes.
There is no report on the boy
​but we can assume his youth
​suddenly ended.
I often walk at twilight
​not fifty yards from the site,
​soothed by the brisk currents
​or mirrored surface of still water.
​Just now, late one night
​when sleep eludes me,
​I open a tap, fill my glass
and drink water that tastes alive.

Louis Gallo teaches at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. His work has appeared in Fiction Fix, Glimmer Train, Rattle, Southern Quarterly, New Orleans Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Texas Review, Baltimore Review, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, The Ledge, storySouth, Houston Literary Review, Tampa Review, Raving Dove, The Journal (Ohio), Greensboro Review,among others. His chapbooks include The Truth Changes and The Abomination of Fascination. He is the founding editor of the now defunct journals, The Barataria Review and Books: A New Orleans Review.