November 9, 2013

Ronnie K. Stephens

UNIVERSE IN THE KEY OF MYTRYOSHKA

I opened a letter and out came my bachelor’s degree/I opened my bachelor’s degree and out came one hundred thirty thousand unpaid minutes/I opened one hundred thirty thousand unpaid minutes and out came a house I will never own/I opened a house I will never own and out came two years in rural Japan/I opened two years in rural Japan and out came better credit better interest rates better understanding/I opened better credit better interest rates better understanding and out came one point five children in the backyard/I opened one point five children in the backyard and out came fifty years/I opened fifty years and out came my wife/I opened my wife and out came my wife/I opened my wife and out came my wife

from Rattle #39, Spring 2013
Tribute to Southern Poets

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Ronnie K. Stephens (Texas & Arkansas): “I write poems on my refrigerator every morning. I wrangle teenagers for a living, and sometimes convince them to turn their poems into new pennies after school. I challenge the word ‘victim’ in my writing every day. The only math I know is balance. I want to know you.” (web)

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