Bill Snyder
Beep

Bill Snyder - Beep

Contest - 2nd Place
Bill Snyder has published in Atlanta Review, Poet Lore, Folio, Cottonwood, and Southern Humanities Review among others. He was the… Read more »
Mark Pritchard
Bullet in the Back

Mark Pritchard - Bullet in the Back

Contest - 3rd Place
Mark Pritchard is the author of two books of short stories, How I Adore You and Too Beautiful and Other… Read more »
Joanne M. Clarkson
The Stone Masons

Joanne M. Clarkson - The Stone Masons

Contest - 1st Place
Joanne M. Clarkson’s fourth poetry collection, Believing the Body, was published in 2014 by Gribble Press. She was awarded a… Read more »

Beep

Bill Snyder

Two class hours of Diamant and Danticat—their
tents and bones—then seventy thistly
minutes of fledgling poems—the intro class—
and I’m feeling hollowed out, like
a conch might, by current and sand. By centuries.
Now three o'clock, and a stack yet to grade,
but by my office, a woman. Not
a student here, her eyes say as much,
and her body, harnessed and slack.
Who are you looking for? I ask, recalling our
homecoming day. Professor, she says,
you remember me. I took poetry.
I say, oh, yes, I remember. She says
her name, says it’s been five years, and
I ask what she does these days. I’m a cashier,
she says, at Wal-Mart, and I say, oh, good for
you, but, sorry, got to run—a meeting, you know.
She walks down the hall, and on to dinner,
the concert tonight, lunch and game tomorrow.
Then back to work on Monday—the buttons
and screens, the swiping beeps, the spinning
stands of… Read more »