Animal Voice

Think of a major event in the life of a character. Then, choose an animal you have a strong feeling about to be your narrator. Write about the event from the animal’s point of view. Here is a poem of mine in which I did this:

A Rat Enters

by Meg Pokrass

originally published in Thieves Jargon

It sees the way they
stumble to the bedroom
after brushing their teeth.
the smell of
fruit rotting in the kitchen,
bags of snacks
piled like altars –
sometimes the man
touches the woman’s shoulder,
unzips his pants and waits
for water to stop falling from her nose.



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