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Teacher’s Pet
Chase Burke

     All morning I’ve considered the sad state of small animals. Pocketbook dogs given to the ground, trodden underfoot. Oblivious child caretakers. Mice. I saw Orphan Annie’s doppelganger nearly trample her Pomeranian ward outside the school. So how do I explain to my kindergartners their stiff, cold gerbil, my forgotten responsibility?

Chase Burke has lived in Florida for most of his life. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and has taught English abroad. His work has been featured in The Literateur Magazine and is forthcoming in Emerge Literary Journal.

     She wanted so much to ride the wild words of his language into the late night; but was afraid of waking up to the dawn of an unknown day. So, instead she sat in her most sensible chair and knitted a pair of woolen socks to cover her cold feet.

Bob Zappacosta—Poet/Playwright/Performer. For over a decade he served as Resident Poet, for the Pasco Arts Council, promoting poetry throughout the Tampa Bay area. He is known for collaborating with artists and musicans as a way to introduce poetry to a larger audience. Bob is thrilled to have been recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. On a more personal note, his favorite song is, "I'm One" by The Who. Publications include : The Aurorean, Blue Collar Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Bowersock Gallery, Ink Sweat and Tears, Pasco Arts Council, PEARL, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, and Verdad.

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