Sophie Klahr is the author of Meet Me Here at Dawn (YesYesBooks, 2016). She is the co-creator and editor of Teen Sequins, a feature of Gigantic Sequins designed to present outstanding teen poetry, and often divides her time between urban California and rural Nebraska.
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from "Like Nebraska"
He speaks like a slow evening,
Some deep warm and nowhere-to-be.
She is memorizing his words—
threshold, cairn, conduit, kiln—his lilt.
After the storm, the woodpile is wet,
And they break apart a rotting ladder
From beneath a stairwell to burn.
Horns of the drowsy steer downhill
Glint like a pistol tucked into a stranger's belt.
Faults in the drywall, in the bannister, black mold
Along the foundation in the farmhouse. A myth
The workers whispers: how beneath
The house someone's shovel once found
An apothecary bottle, a woman's glove, a shoe.