Abigail Zimmer

Abigail Zimmer is an MFA Poetry candidate at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches first year writing. Her work is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Black Tongue Review, and Foothill.

Work by Abigail Zimmer

Abigail Zimmer

Russian Grandmother Kills Wolf With Bare Hands and an Axe

Left with a bandaged hand and a living calf which she calls dumb one and my sweet, stroking between its milk eyes, the woman is not surprised to see November fall upon the yard, snow steaming from an empty body. It happened in quiet, rounding a corner to spot the familiar crouch and intention, how her father’s face snarls at her so many years later, how the first blow slid beneath the shoulder blade, how the palm reader said “Do not become red,” how we dig feet in and hold and who will win? She who is called grandmother and neighbor on the next farm over, the lost names of daughter and malyutka. She ...

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