15 July 2008 | Vol. 8, No. 2

It Gets in the Way

Dear Jalapeno,

Dear Bullet—

The pretty girl

has terrible gas.

Dear Outlet,

Dear Honored Guest,

Mounded inside

in fits and starts.

Dear Plaque,

Dear Meatball,

Dear Attack—

Her backbone speaks

in switchbacks.

The squat buildings

aren't doing much but

ache in their trim.

Dear Rodent,

Dear Calves,

Dear Zodiac—

I've got the top down on time

and things

are flying out.

About the author:

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of Airport (Blue Hour, 2009), The New Planet (Mindmade Books, 2010), and Frances (Poor Claudia, 2010). She lives in Portland Oregon.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Emily Kendal Frey at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 8, No. 2, where "It Gets in the Way" ran on July 15, 2008. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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