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Eric McHenry

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Eric McHenry is the author of Odd Evening (The Waywiser Press, 2016); Potscrubber Lullabies (The Waywiser Press, 2006), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and a book of children’s poems, Mommy Daddy Evan Sage (The Waywiser Press, 2011). In 2015 McHenry was appointed the poet laureate of Kansas and served a two-year term. He teaches English at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where he lives.

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Then there’s crush hour, which comes and goes
on quieter tires. Again the traffic slows
as residential streets congest with Fords
the same age as their drivers, rolling towards
houses they will pointedly roll by.
Their low beams are embarrassing the sky.
The orangina sun has ducked