Lance Larsen | The Sun Magazine

Lance Larsen


Lance Larsen grew up in Idaho mowing lawns, delivering newspapers, and dreaming of Bigfoot. He teaches at Brigham Young University, and his most recent poetry collection is What the Body Knows. In 2017 he completed a five-year appointment as Utah’s poet laureate.

— From March 2023

The Den Mother Has Her Say

Before we eat our snow cones, pet this dog. Don’t expect to earn a Wolf badge for your troubles. . . . Move slowly down the back, like you’re taking your fingers on a trip, until you get to the bulge on the haunch. Yes, it’s a tumor. Yes, it’s cancerous. Pet it like it’s nothing special, just part of the dog.

March 2023
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