• 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 winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for Let's All Die Happy and author Every Form of Ruin, forthcoming in 2023 as part of the Pitt Poetry Series. A former academic, she is now an acquisitions editor for Lake Union Publshing.

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