Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tuesday poem #389 : Bill Carty : HENS

Third time this week
on I-5 behind the same
maniac who spelled
HENS upside-down
and backward
on his vanity plate:

Two days running
I’ve nearly backed
from my driveway
into the same scooter,
its driver hunched
like a leather-backed
turtle in white helmet.

Dear strangers
who know me
better than anyone—
where do you keep
your secret clocks?

Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books). He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, Hugo House, and Jack Straw. He was awarded the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, and his poems have recently appeared in the jubilat, Denver Quarterly, Paperbag, and other journals. Originally from coastal Maine, Bill now lives in Seattle, where he is Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest. He teaches at the Hugo House, the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and Edmonds College. www.billcarty.com

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Tuesday poem #388 : Diana S. Adams : Thruway

Roads snake, on a trip
of their own, we follow them
out of a sinkdrain, hoping
for somewhere, where
nowhere is everywhere.
In the meat of my fist
I crack a thought
to pieces, then forget it
the old house comes back
pearled & intact
as it never was
people still aruging
fighting fictions
a one-night stand
after Sunday supper
          deparatures as arrivals
a gecko on the gas station wall
hangs over our exit
cornfields splay sideways
unattended, cloudwork--
elsewhere. The road goes through
the eye, one thin line
becomes a landscape

Diana S. Adams is an Edmonton, Alberta–based writer with work published in a variety of journals including Fence, Queen Mobs, Boston Review, Drunken Boat, Fogged Clarity, Poets and Artists, The Laurel Review, Ekleksogaphia and many more. Her third book of poetry, Hello Ice, was published by BlazeVOX Books. Imported Poems will soon be released by BlazeVOX Books . Diana has three poems in Best American Experimental Writing 2016.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan