Sarah Messer

Sarah Messer has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute from Creative Writing, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her books include Bandit Letters (New Issues Poetry Press, 2001), and Red House (Viking, 2004), a hybrid memoir/history, which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Post Road, Gulf Coast, and others. She teaches poetry and creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is at work on a novel set in nineteenth-century Tibet.

Cat on a String

This I have heard. Inside the nomad’s small stone house, someone had tied a white cat to a pole with a string. The string looped around the cat’s neck and extended a few feet so that the cat could walk…