Jeff Oaks

Jeff Oaks‘s most recent collection is Mistakes With Strangers (Seven Kitchens Press, 2014). His poems and essays have appeared most recently in Assaracus, At Length, Field, North American Review, and Creative Nonfiction. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

An Alphabet of Escapes

By Jeff Oaks

If not for those abandonments, those plots behind lawns, at edges of railroad tracks, forgotten by farms, unassessed, wild-appled, where strange water ran or welled up or undermined.