30 January 2010 | Vol. 9, No. 4


not sure. the sun. but we knew.

the afternoons became burdens.

something to throw away late

at night. along with certain

perishables. under the yellowing

light the pickle jar. then morning

peeled peaches. then a still

afternoon. another unnecessary

burden. we rid ourselves of. maybe

not. this time i let the sun touch

me. now i wait. and outside my

window a plane. also the leaves.

in another window in another

house. two dead aloe plants. also

the hot day. sounds. in every corner.

a person talks. the smell of petrol.

About the authors:

Carrie Bennett's first book of poetry, biography of water, won the 2004 Washington Prize and was published by Word Works in 2005. After receiving her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she moved to Boston where she currently teaches in the Writing Program at Boston University. Her poems have been published in the Bellingham Review, 88, Phoebe, So to Speak, Boston Review, Indiana Review, Caketrain, Chelsea, Field, Denver Quarterly, Salamander, American Literary Review, and Interim, among others.

Kevin McLellan has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Exquisite Corpse, Hunger Mountain, Interim, Southern Humanities Review, and others. His chapbook Round Trip, a collaborative series with numerous poets, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens. Kevin teaches creative writing at the University of Rhode Island (Providence), yet he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Kevin McLellan at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 9, No. 4, where "untitled" ran on January 30, 2010. List other work with these same labels: poetry, collaboration.

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