A boy who starred
in some movies killed himself
this last weekend.
Nothing is as gloriously
As saying aloud
at the train station.
It’s not the motherly
bulb blue across the door.
It’s not the burnt streets
named after saints named after streets.
Out here the night air is warm
soft bread against your face
and there is something out here
but it’s not the glowing red heart
of the twenty-four hour market.
There’s a punishment for being grateful
I used to have a knack
for knowing exactly
whose body to step over
to stay within the desert.
Derek Thomas Dew’s debut collection of poetry, Riddle Field, received the Test Site Poetry Prize and is out October 2020 from University of Nevada Press. His literary work has appeared in a number of anthologies, and his poetry has been published in a variety of journals, including Interim, Twyckenham Notes, The Maynard, The Curator, Two Hawks Quarterly, Tempered Runes Press, bee house journal, and Hawaii Pacific Review. He is a winner of an Oregon Opportunity Grant and an Omnidawn Publishing Workshop Scholarship. He currently lives in Oregon.
Serge Lecomte was born in Belgium. He came to the States where he spent his teens in Brooklyn. After graduating from Tilden H. S. He joined the Medical Corps in the Air Force and was sent to Selma. There he was a crew member on helicopter rescue. He earned a PhD. from Vanderbilt University in Russian Literature and taught Russian and Spanish at the University of Alaska for 20 years. He now resides in Bellingham, WA.
He is a published novelist and poet and painter.
His works are available on Amazon.