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 Bonnie Bishop
Outside Ngaoundere by Aaron Brown
Watershed by Catherine Chandler
1955-D and 1945-S by Craig Cotter
Hyacinth by Dylan Crawford
Strays by Judy Darley
Freedom Fries by Krista Genevieve Farris
City Lights, Dirty Window by Janna Layton
The Road to Managua by Wilda Morris
Edinburgh, Alone by Stephanie Papa
Two poems by Eugenia Hepworth Petty
Four poems by Christine Potter
Next to the River by Jeremy Radin
Another Art by Susanna Rich
Five poems from Shoshauna Shy
Three poems by R L Swihart
Two poems by Rimas Uzgiris

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Gritsev Calls by Jeremy Radin
The Last Gentleman by Eldon Reishus

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The Pond by Ariana Nadia Nash
So There They Were at the Beach Again, Looking Around by Janice D. Soderling