s
s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO TO MLC HOMEPAGE

MLC

 

 

 

 

 

ONLINE BOOKSTORE FEATURED TITLES

 

Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney

 

 

Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan

 

 

Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition

 

 

Richesses

Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes

 

 

 

 

Munster Literature Centre

Create your badge

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Council

 

 

Cork City Council

 

 

Foras na Gaeilge

 

 

Cork County Council

   

 

 

JEFFREY ALFIER

 

 

 

Jeffrey Alfier in Southword Journal

Jeffrey Alfier (b. 1955, Dearborn, Michigan, now based in Torrance, California) is a three-time Pushcart nominee. His publication credits include The Emerson Review, James Dickey Review, and New York Quarterly. His latest chapbook is The Gathering Light at San Cataldo (2012), and The Wolf Yearling, his first full-length book of poems, will be published in 2012 by Pecan Grove Press (US). He is founder and co-editor of San Pedro River Review.

 

 

 

 

Waiting for Payday in South Chicago

 

 

Sometimes a sole figure will tramp through

the alley beyond her kitchen window,

the face covered by sweatshirt hood,

watched from disheveled table and chairs

where she shifts between pantry and sink,

one strap of her yellowing nightgown

slipped down a shoulder, pinned-up

auburn hair untamed, wiping a skillet,

preparing breakfast for her unshaven lover

nude under course blue sheets on a canted,

pull-out bed, glow of a digital clock inches

from his face as he reaches for his hash pipe,

and taped above the bathroom light switch

a drawing of Jesus, a corner of it lifted

by a breeze through the kitchen window

that carries the musk of damp roses

growing wild on the broken pavement.

 

 

©2012 Jeffrey Alfier

 

 

Author Links

 

Review of Alfier's work in Hobo Camp Review

Pecan Grove Press

San Pedro River Review

 

 

 

CONTENTS BACK TO TOP NEXT POEM

 

 

   
 
©2009 Southword Editions
and
Munster Literature Centre
   

Southword 6 Southword No 7 Southword No 8 Southword No 9 Southword No 10 Southword 11 southword 12 Southword No 14 Southword No 15