Poetry from Yvonne Amey

Original Photo: David Law

Ricky Parks & the Coal Minors

is not a band but a family of bones.
is a family of maples flicking their August manes into a yellow-leafed hollow.
am I a singer.
are Grandpa & the miners resting.
am I thin & windswept.
am I a thousand of hours from autumn.
am I dove tailing the past to make my corners snug.
am I one quarter queen/three fourths scared to live.
after all those years all we wanted was to grow up move away and never die
why does the sun fracture what remains of the aqua-frost on its bed of grass.

Yvonne Amey received her MFA from the University of Central Florida. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Rattle, Hobart and elsewhere.

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