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Phillip B. Williams reads an untitled poem by Kayleb Rae Candrilli, from their book "What Runs Over".

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My name is Phillip B. Williams and I will be reading a poem from What Runs Over by Kayleb Rae Candrilli. This is the first poem of their book and this is their debut. I would like to share it because I believe this poet deserves a little more attention.

once on the back porch my lab barked
and barked.
he was always spooked 
by something, garter snake, black
snake, rabbit.
daddy didn't ever like it when dogs did what they do.
so when 
my dog barked on the back porch
daddy brought a gun
and when he took aim
i jumped in front and when he lifted the safety
i was still right in front
and for minutes
neither of us moved.
my daddy almost pumped me full of lead.
my daddy almost left me for
so ask me why i hate animals
and i'll answer with a trigger warning.
i'll say
your dog reminds me of daddy