Category Archives: Pennsylvania

POEM: reenlisting

reenlisting for Owen I didn’t go home after the war, instead — rucksack slung over my shoulder ashamed of who I’d become & of who I’d left behind — I wandered for years winding a course through scrubland surviving on … Continue reading

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POEM: every white person has a Cherokee grandma

every white person has a Cherokee grandma every white person has a Cherokee grandma & a dream catcher dangling like a promise from the rear-view mirror of their Forester they never look back because someone might be losing everything we … Continue reading

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POEM: Chris & Jeff at the bar (aka the sages of Temperanceville)

Chris & Jeff at the bar (aka the sages of Temperanceville) Jeff leans over to Chris like a conspirator: “They’re tryin’ to turn everything into fuckin’ ‘right to work.’” He looks up at the TV news, snorts air through his … Continue reading

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PHOTO: 99 South, near Altoona, PA

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On (finally) leaving New York City

Something unexpected happened to me today, just over three years after I moved out of Brooklyn. I said goodbye to New York. It’s been happening slowly over the past three years. Little by little, the pieces of my heart that … Continue reading

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POEM: onion snow

onion snow Years ago I left the North; ended up in a place where people wear shorts outside at Christmastime. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven, except Tucson was real. Carne asada enchiladas, elegante style, served during the … Continue reading

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