At 6 months in and half-unpacked, the spare room fat with boxes stacked like bricks from some demolished city, home is where one day Wynona vows she’ll hang the hat or route the cows she doesn’t have the width for here; as half the time she’s pressed to pay for cable, what’s living large? A sturdy table, fewer ghosts— at best, a dinner guest.

CAKI WILKINSON is the author of the poetry collection Circles Where the Head Should Be, which won the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize. Her second collection won the 2013 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award and is forthcoming from Persea Books.