PoetryIssue 22 | April 2015

Four poems by Christine Potter


Sunset light on squat brick buildings from
the 1920’s: square, no-nonsense store fronts.
Long-legged teenagers walk like cut-loose
marionettes, heads down, in twos and threes—

clumps of them hunched under backpacks,
spilling into traffic. I am either their age or
my own, but it doesn’t matter because all
I can remember is joy. Joy in the silence

before my parents got home from work,
the moment before the needle dropped
onto the LP. Before passing time limited
the size of the world, or the prickly caress

of this cold afternoon, my winter coat
stiff from the dry cleaner’s. I can still
hear the record: Simon and Garfunkel or
Vivaldi and now the sun is down behind

the Palisades. Pink air and bare trees
like leaded glass. I must be some age or
another, in my bedroom, alone at home.
I must be hungry and not even know it.

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About the author

Christine Potter has gone back and forth across the US without an airplane more times than she can say. She’s flown, too, but lately she prefers a sleeping car on the train. She’s also partial to three-hour vacations on New York’s City Island (Cape Cod without the Providence, RI traffic), and really needs to get back to Scotland. Read her two books of poetry: Sheltering in Place (2013)  and Zero Degrees at First Light (2006), both available at Christine’s blog.

Read our current issue:


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