Mitchell Metz


She didn't choose puberty
or Sioux Falls
but suffered both at once.

Low Dakota,
where the more mortal sin
is histrionics;

where every Agnes
greets bone-cracking blizzards
with pleasant "Oh boy"
and practiced stroke
of plastic shovel;

where art is only elementary
in a complete education;

where soil itself
plods the horizon
with spartan step. God,
she needed room to cloy
       and wear costumes and
               admit it's cold out there.

Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Publications: Eclectica, Eye Dialect, 3rd Muse, Poet's Canvas, Stirring, etc.

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