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The Man Who Shot Lions

We didn’t know that about him then
when we started reading his books.

But once we found out, they were always
there – in the trenches of his war stories;

in the grandstands at his racetracks and
boxing matches; present at his bull fights

or padding softly through the dirty Parisian
streets; there were always the lions. Solemn

slow-moving beasts whose large paws made
no noise, and whose whiskey-coloured eyes

missed nothing

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Josephine Rowe is the author of two short story collections and a novel, A Loving, Faithful Animal (UQP, 2016). Her third collection of stories, Horse Latitudes, is forthcoming from Black Inc. in 2019.

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