Chad Hanson

Let's say we meet in a CPR course. We practice on mannequins. After we finish in the classroom, we go back to your place to practice. We practice for eight. More. Weeks. We become professionals with mad skills when it comes to blowing ourselves back and forth into one another. We blow ourselves up like a couple of balloons—taut with laughter and pink light on the inside. We float around your living room, barely even noticing the popcorn ceiling or the furniture. Sometimes I have to remind you that people die, "I mean really die, right in the middle of CPR." Then you say: "Yeah. Okay. That's true, but
they never die alone."

Chad Hanson serves as Chair of the Department of Social & Cultural Studies at Casper College. His nonfiction titles include, Swimming with Trout and Trout Streams of the Heart. He is also the author of two collections of poems: Patches of Light and This Human Shape. His recent awards include the Meadowhawk Prize in Poetry and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council, made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit: www.chadhanson.org

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