Monday, August 24, 2015

Joris Soeding - Kate / Extant

Kate
  
underway to see George Clooney
rarely in town
she falls asleep on the bench
in her yellow dress
Charing Cross subway station
six minutes left for the last train
yet she awakens to no one
gates locked
noises in the tunnel





Extant 

barefoot, she runs through the ferns from her boyfriend 
riddled with arrows
the Mayan temple 
the secluded path
the children that stare, knowing the fate of visitors
ivy with red blooms over bodies
angry voices with bows and revolvers
she has the keys to a jeep
parked at the rim of a dirt road
eleven miles to the closest town
a long way back to Winnetka, Illinois









Joris Soeding's third and fourth chapbooks are forthcoming in 2015 from Lummox Press and Myth Ink Books. He is a 5th/6th grade Writing teacher in Chicago, where he resides with his wife, son, and daughter.

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