the size of dinner plates / you
realize hibiscus flowers

are the reason / blame them

for your sexuality / when
the forward-leaning-into

a-walking-frame woman sees

you approaching she backs up
off the sidewalk cupping

her cigarette / leans back into

a fence / you say there’s room
for both of us dear
/ she inhales

a deep inhale / says be safe

/ in the middle of the road
a hands-free teenage boy pedals


Kevin McLellan

About Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan is the author of Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and the chapbooks Shoes on a wire (Split Oak, forthcoming) and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He is the winner of the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize, and has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Salt Hill, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA.
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