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Ruth Ellen Kocher

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Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of six poetry collections: 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 the associate chair and director of the creative writing program at the University of Colorado and a contributing editor at Poets & Writers. She lives in Colorado.

by this poet

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

typical of an arid country among hundreds of other flora

you find half a province of avalanches 

parts are desert

I might say light defeated by a dark thing that strips

mountain and bullet