Beach Winter

His name is loose. A choir
of seagulls aims to understand it,
but of course, that’s not
going to happen. Especially not when
they can notice a television through
the window. One avoids
the word “comfy” if he can.
Immense …

Old Piano

It took everything to move it in.
Sideways, on a wheeled cart,
dead-now Steve holding the thing
steady while I carried it, pulled it in
     the corner myself.

My mother was proud—one
broken leg, out of tune.
No one knew …

Inked

Inked

Inked, by Corinna McClanahan Schroeder. Texas Review Press, 2015. $9, 55 pages.

The bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story, is a literary category that contains some of the most well-loved books in all of literature: To Kill A Mockingbird, Jane

What Adam Knew

Back in Texas, August, I’d lie on the lawn
topless. The neighbors didn’t know me
from Adam. Nor the landlord, nor the old man
stealing peaches, stuffing them into a brown paper bag
and sneaking off down the street like …

Plane to Plane

Which is worse, taking off or landing.
To a goose under the gun, the latter would
stun the full-bellied flutter of a grand-standing
angel into a heavy sack of flesh and blood.
Thud. So we traipse from plane to plane,…