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Saturday, April 16, 2011


by Lita Kurth

They listened to your protests at 23 degrees
surrounded by dirty snow
Named them mass talk
a series of mass talks

Mooing and baaing
from your slatted jail
as if someone could hear

No one gives warning
Or persuasions
But you know
you’re not going to a wedding

Before the dark confrontation
lift your opaque voices
tongues green with silage
Lift your throat
Demand until the roads collapse
the slats break into scrap
and the prisoners
walk immediately
into the cool corn

Lita A. Kurth  (MFA Rainier Writers Workshop) teaches Composition and Creative Writing and regularly contributes articles to and reviews publications for TheReviewReview. She has published essays, poems, and short stories in the Santa Clara Review, The Exploratorium Quarterly, Tattoo Highway, and Vermont Literary Review as well as erotica (under a pseudonym) in and A story, “Marius Martin, Proletarian” appears in On the Clock: Contemporary Short Stories of Work (Bottom Dog Press). A work of nonfiction, “Pivot” is forthcoming in the University of Nebraska anthology, Becoming.