Cover Photo: The photo, courtesy of the author, is described in the essay: her mother kneeling, wearing high-waisted ’70s jeans with a blouse tucked in, and a pixie cut. She is grinning and has her arm slung around her dog Smoky, who is sitting, also grinning, his chin up. He is all black with a shock of white on his chest
Photograph courtesy of the author

Smoky & Jack, the One-Woman Dogs

Is it as eerie as I think it is, this mirroring: the one-woman dogs; the girl babies who come too early, too small?