PoetryIssue 16 | October 2012

Two Poems by Colin Dodds

Crested Butte, Colorado

On the long drive, nature becomes
a canyon, then a buffalo then a log fence
then a motel then an RV.

The itinerant waitresses of Colorado told tales
of their migrations from sea to valley to mountain
tracking tip money and other gratuities.

An old truck climbed the mountains of slush
with a hoary beard of snow chains
hanging from its craw.

Dust dragged its skirt across the road
Snow wheeled across the highway
Steam drifted across the sun-lit cutback.

The rushing whisps remind me of a friend, now gone
from the strenuous, complex upkeep of his human self,
gone reeling, skipping, insubstantial.

A mist swirls by the skeleton of a mining enterprise
oblivious to the oblivious works of man —
close to the earth, moving without haste or pause.

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About the author

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife.  Dodds’ poetry and fiction can be found here as well as in a number of periodicals, including Explosion-Proof, Folio, Lungfull and The Main Street Rag. Dodds was touted by the late Norman Mailer as showing something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.

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