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?

Erin Adair-Hodges is the author of Let’s All Die Happy, winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and the cocreator and curator of the Bad Mouth Reading Series in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently a visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Toledo.

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