Author’s Note: “This poem virtually wrote itself when I was hole up writing in Marfa, Texas, a thin place, as in hardly separated from the source. One afternoon outside my back door I espied through the coke-bottle glass, a young girl who sat at a card table on her porch across the street happy as you please writing in that red bird notebook. I simply stood there in solidarity with another non-civilian.”
Out my back door
across the street
a little girl
writes in a notebook
with a red bird
on the front
a tender chimera
through the Coke-bottle glass
an unwritten poem.
King Grossman’s poems and short prose have appeared in Crack the Spine, The Round, Forge, Tiger’s Eye, Qwerty, Burningword, Ignatian, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Midwest Quarterly, The Borfski Review, and other journals. His novel, Letters To Alice, has received several literary awards. He lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, with his wife Lisa, his dog Bogart, and a sun conure parrot named Sunny.
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