‘Channeling James Wright’: A Satirical Poem With an Important Message
Shelley Puhak reads “Channeling James Wright Near a Sand Mining Site in Minnesota.”
Channeling James Wright Near a Sand Mining Site in Minnesota
Over my head, my cocoonâ€™s roofâ€” netting to impede pests and particles, butterflies and bronzing rays. Down the ravine, someone elseâ€™s foreclosure, and out front, someone elseâ€™s fat child slurping canned chemicals through a straw. To my right, in the field of sunlight between two pumps, steel giraffes that dip and bob, fracked ooze blazes golden. I lean back into my hammock, hand-knotted in a factory that collapsed upon some other womanâ€™s people. I have wasted her life.
Shelley Puhak is the author of two poetry collections, including “Guinevere in Baltimore,” which won the 2012 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Missouri Review, Ninth Letter and North American Review.Your support matters…
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