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Jason Lee Brown

Jason Lee Brown teaches at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. His work has appeared in the Green Hills Literary Lantern, Spoon River Poetry Review, Margie, Concho River Review, and Pearl, and his journalism recently won an award from the Illinois Press Association.


Butterflies have returned to our oak tree four years running. Usually, they’re here and long gone by now and Schooney’s back to normal. Not this year. He backs my pick-up toward the barn and ignores my hand signals. He whips…