Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, a finalist for the 2013 Orion Book Award, and two collections of poems, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. He lives with his family in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.

Trotline by Joe Wilkins

i. Each knot is a promise. Each lead weight mashed in the backteeth’s vise evidence of a kind of God. Each hook a hand. The way their hands are so often empty but fist for a good chucking stone or jam sandwich. The many-hearted worms flail. The boys tie the […]