Poems

Eulogy, Scottsbluff

My stepbrother: who might not be in heaven. Whose body didn’t know which way to swim   from that wreck, …

In the Year of the Metal Pig

It was a crapshoot, that year. Blown apart by its glorious squalors: open marriages you’d wanted as badly as your …

The Past

The train won’t stop here anymore. The station (or so you say) was stripped of its accessible copper wire by …

Apologia, America

Listen: it’s raining ash. The one holding his nose tight in blueish kleenex is your dead neighbor’s only certified son, …

Purgatorio, East Peoria

Again, the man in the window wakes from a dream of June bugs: fragile with heat, they’d thrown their bodies …

All Ye Faithful

The rented A-frame off Casco Bay has one-and-a-half baths and a mute handyman she hired in May. It’s December: his …

How Can I Help You?

Silver Ford Fusion,                             idling at the drive-up …

About the Weather

Word was she’d hitched west from the tip of Kentucky to get   away from a man and twenty acres …

Visitation, Lake Cadillac

Your sister wouldn’t even shake its hand. Behind the felled sycamore, your mother shook sand from a plaid scarf. Tintype …

Eight

Kissed by the president in the airport lot outside Saginaw, her forehead drew crowds all evening. They came to her …

Seven Cases of Inertia

1. Sinking another hour in a frayed net the sun makes of the particulate sky. 2. Ditch lilies pivoting before …

Magda the Mule-Faced Girl

The Hubcap House: red tinsel grass, a wall of flyers reading “See the world’s first house made up of hubcaps, …

Transformer

A girl rocks back in the worn vinyl cushion of the city bus   and passes a small airliner from …

Dinwiddie County Fair

Everything starts ten minutes after dark. The ticket line already spans from where the gates are opening to this gravel …

Autumnal, Kansas

  The sun peaks lower each day, arcing back           behind the trailer park and into …

Thanksgiving, 1986

  Cousins in this prison town bloated with step relatives and time, you and I grew cynical and fifteen. Grandmother, …