How We Survive

For my family

We’re a squirrelly, grifting,
survive-at-any-cost people

and when the times get tough
you can expect to find us

in a cave or a bunker
or a mid-century rancher

hunkering down and waiting
for the shit storm to pass.

Dawn Corrigan’s poetry and prose have appeared widely in print and online. Her masthead credits include Western Humanities Review, Girls with Insurance, and Otis Nebula, where she currently serves as assistant editor. She works in the affordable housing industry and lives in Myrtle Grove, FL. Find her online at

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