Kat Hayes

Kat Hayes’s poetry has appeared in Salamander, Cimarron Review, Lake Effect, and Nimrod. Her first-prize poem, “Rosetta Stone” was selected by Network for New Music to be performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. She teaches poetry, essay, and memoir at Eastern University.

How He Survived

That summer, my father dug graves by hand,                            
twenty-five dollars each. Vietnam
was sending back bodies faster than


At night behind a flimsy plastic window shade                             
we watched as a stump slathered with bacon grease
lured foxes in. From the truck, we swept fields    
with spotlights looking for deer. I learned to see