Tim Poland lives near the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia, where he is professor emeritus of English at Radford University. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared widely in various literary magazines, and he is the author of the novel The Safety of Deeper Water.
For most of his life, Stink’s primary mission had apparently been to kill every skunk in his part of the Ripshin River Valley. Thus the name Calvin Linkous had given him. It seemed too appropriate not to keep. His gait was too shaky now for him to be much of a hunter, but every once in a while an unsuspecting skunk would wander too close to the dog for...