2002 KSU Poetry Winners
on a telephone wire, thirty feet up
a scavenger, loud and burdened with lice
looks down on me. I’m forged in God’s image,
yet the foul feathered one looks down on me.
Oh, to have hollow bones! I tolerate
your laughter for quite sometime, while I stand
slouching, crushed by my anchor--gravity.
From a Beijing Taxi
Are you airen?
The driver grinned
in the mirror
to see us shrug and squirm
under the weighty name
You, nervous and hopeful, glanced
at me, a swift, secret
sideways step of the eyes
I couldn’t match.
Dirty red cars raced beside us
coughing clouds of murky
metal-toned exhaust. I turned and
squinted against the smoke
and late afternoon sun, squinted
to see the
slow steady feet of the man
who has been riding that bike
in the same narrow dusty gutter
Tiffany Kentile is the co-winner of the 2002 Touchstone Kansas State Contest for Poetry. She
received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Keuka College in New York, and has been published in Red Jacket.
Erin Billing is the co-winner of the 2002 Touchstone Kansas State Contest for Poetry. She is a first-year graduate student at Kansas State. She just returned from teaching at South Ocean International School in Taiyuan, China. She has previously been published in Touchstone.
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