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Charles Kell is a PhD student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, IthacaLit, The Pinch, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

 

Close Stranger

 

 

Built, torn down, then built

again. A small stone structure

in the middle

of this snowy wasteland.

 

Where we met & sucked

cold air into our smoke

burnt lungs. Colder Autumn.

Tractor cap off & rag

 

dipped into gas to start

a small fire. Your scarf

was wet & smelled

like a mix of cinnamon & piss.

 

Dragging your nails across

my lower back, zeroing in

on what the mind empties out.

I took you there, all evidence

 

against. Still remember? Cold

no longer cold. Red house far

up the road. Wrecked nausea

a little money took away.

 

Two sheets tied together, red

too. Dress flat & ripped.

My arms scraped raw by

the almost frozen thorns

 

poking through the dirt into our skin.  

 

 

©2017 Charles Kell

 

 

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