PoetryIssue 20 | May 2014

Two poems by Kim Suttell

Youngstown

Around the corner extends a minor canyon.
Hear an Aaron Copeland swell. Course
a swallowing sidewalk of lost paving stones,
mud gullies, dust and buckle, unsuitable for tricycles

and old women who man day care centers
where children swing on rails of pipe
and chip concrete from porch steps. 
A street for lumber-trudge families

on the edge of America, wedged
in the middle of it. Row houses,
like trail mules banked for service,
linger on a high voltage tether:

Doleful windows, slack, shaggy siding,
tarpaper saddles, a bray and a tinkle of bells. 
All haunch-shift idle in heave-halt descent. 
Trek home without looking up.

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About the author

Kim Suttell, born in California, has crisscrossed the USA many times and landed in New York City. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and makes regular visits back to Central and Eastern Europe. She has published in The Cortland Review, Geist, and Right Hand Pointing. You can see more of her work here.

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