At the table in patio seating, a young man starched into my evening in waiter black and white-- he's probably named John, Tom, something less spectacular than the busboy named Ari at the table beside me. He is a boy I've seen and I hide that from him, a silence he doesn't understand as he turns away not
Ruth Ellen Kocher
Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of seven poetry collections: Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016), Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014), Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013), One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press, 2003), When the Moon Knows You're Wandering (New Issues Press, 2002), and Desdemona's Fire (Lotus Press, 1999). She is a professor at the University of Colorado–Boulder and a contributing editor at Poets & Writers. She lives in Colorado.