1978

     Nicole Callihan

A glass-green glass with ice-tray ice

and the ash that hasn't been ashed

by a lover who hasn't been loved

the jamb of the jammed door

and my thumb thumbing a page

on a porch with its evening eaves

the stink bugs that stunk and stung

and those hairs I plucking plucked

to buy gold stars from the golden store

just a quarter for four nickel candies

to make my sweet tooth sweat sweets

all day we’d swing on the swing

that swung in the wind wondering

if we’d ever wind up any other where

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Nicole Callihan’s poetry books include SuperLoop (2014), and the chapbooks: The Deeply Flawed Human (2016), Downtown (2017), The Couples (a novella, 2019), and ELSEWHERE ( w/ Zoë Ryder White, 2020). Her work has appeared in Tin House, Sixth Finch, PEN--America, The American Poetry Review, and as a Poem-a-Day selection from the Academy of American Poets. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Asterix Journal. Find out more at www.nicolecallihan.com