Issue No. 6, Autumn 2013

Laura Madeline Wiseman

Not chance or fate—just plot waiting. Strong jaw
rough by night’s end, blue eyes like flames licking—
an invitation upstairs post-bar for a minute.
Painter and punk, this had gone on long enough.
On the mattress, on the floor, hands explore.
I shake, some twisted current conjures
the flesh beneath the clothes and the lips
that do not meet, the final act not done. Why not
allow this want? The head swims in half-light,
the bizarre calls of downtown on Halloween, the skin
that prickles with touch, our greed, our delight.
He leaves empty-handed. Looking back
the punk turns, shoulders broad, easy lope
that makes me want his blue-eyed mornings.

Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English and creative writing. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012) and Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012). She is also the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her writings have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Rose Red Review, Arts & Letters, Poet Lore, and Feminist Studies. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets and Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner, and grants from the Center for the Great Plains Studies and the Wurlitzer Foundation.