Meg Day


Meg Day (?-present) was raised in the Bay Area in northern California. They received their BA from UC San Diego, their MFA from Mills College, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing with an emphasis on disability poetics from the University of Utah. They are the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level and are currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College. Source

Once All the Hounds Had Been Called Home

When the grapevine had thinned

but not broken & the worst was yet to come

of winter snow, I tracked my treed heart

to the high boughs of a quaking

aspen & shot it down.

                                           If love comes fast,

let her be a bullet & not a barking dog;

let my heart say, as that trigger’s pulled,

Are all wonders small? Otherwise, let love

be a woman of gunpowder

                                                   & lead; let her

arrive a brass angel, a dark powdered comet

whose mercy is dense as the fishing sinker

that pulleys the moon, even when it is heavy

with milk. I shot my heart

                                                 & turned myself in

to wild kindness, left the road to my coffin

that seemed also to include my carrying it & walked

back along the trampled brush I remembered

only as a blur of hot breath & a howling in my chest.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



LGBTQ+ Experience

Love & Relationships

Strength & Resilience

Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


a situation that seems to contradict itself


the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing


the repetition of conjunctions frequently and in close proximity in a sentence

Rhetorical Question

a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered


correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry


a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”