Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Susan Hankla has worked as a poet-in-the-schools in Virginia since 1973. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, and Open Places. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is presently working on an illustrated novel.
I was a child with a peculiar and passionate hunger for the peppermint in toothpicks when I went on a lion hunt with Opal Lavender, who was my favorite person and one of my own people.