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From The Terrible Stories (1996), "fox" Summary

The poem is subtitled from a quote, "... The foxes are hungry, who could blame them for what they do?... ." from "Foxes in Winter" by Mary Oliver

This poem follows in sequence from the one above. It explores further the "fox" nature of the poetic and storytelling impulse. The poem asks who can blame the fox for remaining in the "doorwells at night," waiting for someone to answer her call. The fox brings her nature with her, a bright fire-like tail and "little bared teeth," ready to do the fox's work. The second stanza asks who can blame the fox for addressing the non-observant poet with an upraised paw and a bark, asking "why am i/not feeding, not being fed?"

From The Terrible Stories (1996), "fox" Analysis

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