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Sweet Beast by Gabriella R. Tallmadge

Winner of the 2020 Louise Bogan Award, selected by Sandy Longhorn

Gabriella R. Tallmadge
 is a Latinx writer and educator from San Diego, California.  She holds degrees in English, Creative Writing, and Counseling. She is also certified in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care by San Diego State University. Gabriella’s poetry has received awards from the Hedgebrook Writer in Residence Program, the Community of Writers Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her work has previously appeared in journals such as The Adroit Journal, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Guernica, Mid-American Review, and Passages North. To learn more, visit www.grtallmadge.com.

Gabriella R. Tallmadge is a Latinx writer and educator from San Diego, California.  She holds degrees in English, Creative Writing, and Counseling. She is also certified in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care by San Diego State University. Gabriella’s poetry has received awards from the Hedgebrook Writer in Residence Program, the Community of Writers Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her work has previously appeared in journals such as The Adroit Journal, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Guernica, Mid-American Review, and Passages North. To learn more, visit www.grtallmadge.com.
Gabriella R. Tallmadge is a Latinx writer and educator from San Diego, California.  She holds degrees in English, Creative Writing, and Counseling. She is also certified in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care by San Diego State University. Gabriella’s poetry has received awards from the Hedgebrook Writer in Residence Program, the Community of Writers Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her work has previously appeared in journals such as The Adroit Journal, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Guernica, Mid-American Review, and Passages North. To learn more, visit www.grtallmadge.com.
Gabriella R. Tallmadge is a Latinx writer and educator from San Diego, California.  She holds degrees in English, Creative Writing, and Counseling. She is also certified in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care by San Diego State University. Gabriella’s poetry has received awards from the Hedgebrook Writer in Residence Program, the Community of Writers Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her work has previously appeared in journals such as The Adroit Journal, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Guernica, Mid-American Review, and Passages North. To learn more, visit www.grtallmadge.com.

Ex-Votos for Alcoholism
A long way through sallow hills to Fresno.
Burnt grass reminding me of piss,

then, naturally, jaundice.
Farmland hollowing but is memory

of water. I try not to look
at the carcasses. 

But was that owl still dying?
It looked just struck and,

wings flailing, freshly
registering the damage. Or not.

Not an animal showing me
it's leaving. A cream wing caught up

by the rush of passing trucks,
life haivng already evacuated.

Wing in lift becuase the air,
its hollowness, it must. Can't 

remember now where I was
before the owl— the passenger

in my head never looking in 
my same direction.

Left are the ledger of miles
after this.