20 October 2005 | Vol. 5, No. 3

The Week in Renovation: Thursday

You have to wonder

who would leave

a ladder open

in an empty lot.

You'd need

an extension

to claim your reward,

at least. I heard

it's still there.

I'm going over there.

I'm sitting it out

to see who comes

to claim it.

Of all the objects

torn from their contexts

and left on the side

of the road, this time

I want to ask:

What in hell?

I want, for once, to get

to the bottom of it.

About the author:

Carolyn Guinzio is the author of Quarry (Fall 2008, Free Verse Editions, Parlor Press), and West Pullman (Bordighera, 2005), winner of the Bordighera Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Cannibal, Colorado Review, New American Writing, Typo, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Bard College and lives in Fayetteville, AR.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Carolyn Guinzio at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 5, No. 3, where "The Week in Renovation: Thursday" ran on October 20, 2005. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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