Featured here is a collaboration between poet Charmi Keranen and musician Joe Robinson. Joe wrote and performed a song for Charmi’s poem. Charmi is the author of the poetry chap The Afterlife is a Dry County (Big Wonderful Press, 2011.) Her poetry has appeared in Passages North, The Salt River Review, JMWW, Stirring, blossombones, elimae, The Dirty Napkin, Ouroboros Review, Sugar House Review, Inter|rupture, Grasslimb Journal and Hot Metal Bridge. She and her husband live in Northern Indiana, where she works as a freelance writer and proofreader of court transcripts. She digs nature and wild things and is attempting to save the planet by raising honey bees.
Deer-Dusk Of An Evening
By Charmi Keranen
I take Mother’s bones to town,
sell them to the lowest bidder,
pennies on the ounce. She calls
in the morning, inquiring about
her shoes, Grandmother’s Cadillac,
other forms of abuse.
I unpin my hair and launch
a pineapple grenade.
Washington State phones.
Apologies for the trains.
Grandmother, surely, won’t survive the ride.
A waterfall slices in behind the eye.
Cousin Jean’s red Mustang
rots beneath pines.
The ’51 Ford in the barn,
16,000 miles. No one ever
drives it. It’s never been used.
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