Quraysh Ali Lansana

sulking two lane highway

hereford and steer wave

sad, watery eyes, mouth

mouthfuls of bad manners.


this mid-sized sportscar

momentary thrill, quick

escape from mulch, ominous

future. a crimson valley


just beyond the fading idea

of intersection, karen silkwood’s pale

imprint—lifeless silos, limping

tallgrass. a town named crescent


struggling to recover after death

her murder wrought three decades

gone. speed zone—55, 45, then 35

now 25, pentecostal church, bowing


a-frames, tasty treet, jail, post

office, then 35, 45, 55, 70—a memory

withering on the roadside.

Found In Volume 38, No. 03
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About the Author

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004) and the poetry collection Southside Rain (Third World Press, 2000); The Big World, a children’s book, (Addison-Wesley, 1999); and two poetry chapbooks, Greatest Hits: 1995-2005 (Pudding House Publications, 2006) and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (nappyhead press, 1995).