• Unmappable

    Erin Adair-Hodges

    Summer 2018

    Kansas coos me into its wheat.
    Done with direction, I follow the lightning,
    God’s arrows insisting even the desolate
    can be a destination.

    In the black and white of a winter dawn
    a train zippers the wet land
    to a sky clouded with intention.
    It looks more like a photograph

    than a photograph resembles the moment
    it captures, its frame diverting, its filter
    slanting truths. Say I make of this a photo—
    what would the evidence show?

    That I was in a body here for awhile
    and I wanted this to mean something?
    Is this the alibi or the crime?
    And who is the jury to receive this—no one

    knows I’m here. I loaded the car in Technicolor
    and drove east—had done milked the west
    of fresh starts—but the time changed
    so I don’t know when

    Erin Adair-Hodges is the author of Let's All Die Happy, winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. In 2017 she was the Claudia Emerson scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, where she wrote “When I Say Jesus Was My Boyfriend.” Erin is the cocreator and curator of the Bad Mouth Reading Series in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is currently a visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Toledo.

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