In the Book I'm Proofing

Emma Winsor Wood

The man’s wife said she wanted
a dog. When he brought one home, she
ignored it. Was it a metaphor?
he asks once
then never mentions the actual dog again.


A lot of “eros,”
no sex.


The author’s wife, who has Alzheimer’s,
eventually forgets who she is—
who is she?
Is she?




“familiar but newly estranged”

“a planet consisting entirely of white and dark daisies”

“grown monstrously present”

“observable facts”

“artifact of compensation”




The same name spelled five different ways.