Landscape

Night rider town
Trail of Tears town
Gold-rush-fickle rise & fall town

********Few precedents for rights exist in the state

****************[In a dream, forgotten upon waking:
****************the way she lifts her arms up
****************to take off her shirt

********Normal procedure, practice and custom to punish

****************shiverspot on her neck
****************where the hairs are soft and translucent

Two-for-one flag deal town
Don’t let the sun set on your back town
Run them out of the county town

********Taken for conversion by the sheriff

****************trace my fingers along the ridge
****************of her jawline meeting ear

****************sound a tongue makes across skin
****************sound of thigh between legs    hip against hip]

********If there is gay pride in Georgia please tell me where it is, what city?

There are books we read
books we burn
books we read, then burn

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Alyse Knorr is an assistant professor of English at Regis University and editor of Switchback Books. She is the author of the poetry collections Mega-City Redux (Green Mountains Review 2017), Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2016), andAnnotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013), as well as the non-fiction book Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books 2016) and the poetry chapbooks Epithalamia (Horse Less Press 2015) and Alternates (dancing girl press 2014). Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University, where she co-founded Gazing Grain Press.

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