Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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A City of


I was small town, a trailer without wheels.
A penance, a waiting.  Not jeweled, valedictorian or bedazzled.
I didn’t know it didn’t matter anymore.
 
A ceasefire in my chest,
lemon balm the color of my forehead, I smelled away like gasoline.
New roses to chart, grafts to compass,
never knew elsewhere had a name
but rings I wanted to hold, wear around my wrist like loose change.
But the end sets itself before.  A timer never running down.  Blinking.
Woke to slick sheets & glass.  Said, I’m spent.
Bought a one-house town in Texas.  With a pavilion.  Dancehall.
Tractor shed.  Peach & pecan orchards.
Set my speed zones & handed out speed tickets.
Nailed a warning.

The dancehall convinced me: swirling hoop skirts,
ladies with want to two-stepping their eyes,
fool-hearted memories, her own hurry. 
Tequila & the border, jukeboxes & 45’s.
Christmas lights year around, strung from the ceiling.
Buried whatever I wanted in my cemetery.

I find myself under the gravel leading to the interstate,
in paths between rows of irrigated orchards, stretching from the county line.
Hand in hand with a metal detector, I stand in the square of my backyard,
a birdbath courthouse, legality of feathers.
Decisions made by positions of falling wings & coins.
I know where I am & where everything else should stop.
Axes protrude every fifth row; I’m building a moat
& insetting cattle guard to disappear & eat ankles.
I scope all things that plane into my land.
Think such hyper vigilance, a scouring of the body for mites & ants,
is the violent scars that owning brings.
  



In 2009 Kara Dorris graduated from New Mexico State University with an MFA in creative writing poetry.  Her work has appeared in The Tusculum Review, Stirring, ListenLight, Not Just Air, Wicked Alice, Prick of the Spindle, Parcel, and Skidrow Penthouse among others literary journals.  Her chapbook, Elective Affinities, is forthcoming this fall from Dancing Girl Press.


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