Jeff Oaks is the author of “The Things” (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) and “Little What” (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2019). A recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, Oaks has published poems in a number of literary magazines, most recently in Best New Poets, Field, Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Superstition Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. Both his poems and prose have appeared in the anthologies “Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction,” and “My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them.” He lives in Lawrenceville and teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

For the Small Hairs on My Ears

If I am turning wolf-like, a wolflight growing up within me now, how past fifty feels, fur just waiting to bristle, thistle, thorns, an urge to sleep at noon, pace the house all night, staring out through glass at strangers coming back from nearby bars— If I’m becoming something else, listening at the crack in …

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