One Poem by Karen Schubert

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kitty corner from the empty high school

dumb as a brick the house
deep as grass the glass
meters tagged   all hollow
or shouldering squatters   drops
slate and shakes   rounds
of mortar   sparrows chandeliering
plaster cracks   trees heaving
the brick walk   mice in the sectional
rain swells   icing sills  feral cats
pad someone’s vinyl collection
belts shoe xylophone   yellow
penny saver    swayback porch roof
gutters choke and hatch saplings
next door is empty and
next to that and next
year the mayor will
tear down 1000    I
grew up here   someone says




Karen Schubert’s work appears in Best American Poetry blog, MiPOesias, quickly, Ohio Poetry Anthology, Conte, and others. Her third chapbook, I Left My Wings on a Chair, won the Wick Poetry Center chapbook contest and is forthcoming from Kent State Press in 2014.

Read poetry by Karen Schubert also appearing in Issue 25.

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