Fall 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1991 |

Heavy in the S Curves

dusk and someone's dog runs loose on the freeway Xs and Os blink randomly at the end of no turn lanes a child speaks of piety and faithreborn in arenas where ghostsof lions prowl restless edges your ticket is invalid the traffic so close you lick rubber two ducks mistake a drain puddlefor the lake at the end of the block yachts doze in the lapping waves the decadence of a child's mother glows like incandescent lightunder velvet shades breathless the dog runshis nails shatter and bleed insects frenzy in gathering darkness feed on the last of day's light the news echoes inside staticthe music loud enoughto keg-tap your heart transparent spiders drum impatienttunes: dust dust and more dust it ends so fasta knife in a vacant lot a crackhouse: a landscape of studied resentments road grids threaten your wheels studs mark which lane goes you ride the bumps to stay awake a cricket's click a chest ralea moving van shifts gears on upgradessearches air gentr

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Colleen J. McElroy is author of Blood Memory (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). McElroy is professor emerita at the University of Washington and lives in Seattle, Washington.

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