PoetryIssue 07 | November 2009

Any Ghost Town West of Omaha

by Jeffrey Alfier

The Post Office was last to go
when the last whore refused her mail,
the town and her legend unmade.

When the shallow oilfield played out,
bankers and clerks gazed at the clock
fixed above the rail station arch.

Cholera, sandstone grave markers.
Love was wasted on bitterness,
the price paid for too long a wait.

About the author

Jeffrey Alfier lives in Tucson, Arizona. His recent and forthcoming publication credits include New Madrid, Rattle, and Silk Road. He is co-editor of the San Pedro River Review.

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Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok