Academic journal article English Journal

Poem Written at Subway

Academic journal article English Journal

Poem Written at Subway

Article excerpt

I teach English but reach

deep to ink words

onto yearbook pages and

the 478 assignments I will

grade this week. 167 of 180

9 period days having

lapsed, 39 minutes a pop,

118 students, 29 desks,

Room 310. Language

is a sauce with parts indistinct.

1 am a poet sinking

in a swamp, scanning

the bank for numbers

to climb toward

my life: today

is 6.6.12., the first 2

equaling the year, my

oldest 2 students 19 and

19, me 38. I have 1 wife,

2 children, a 12-inch sub

with avocado, $10.59

for the meal. 23 minutes

until class begins

again. I am 6 feet tall,

205 pounds, possess 4

ventricles that flood when

she laughs-9 years our 2

hands clasped, 2-lips

tiptoeing. 1 shade

of marmalade sprouts

from our boys' heads,

6V2 and 4, 2 cats on

their bunks, 9 planets

on the ceiling, 44 presidents

on the door, 207 world flags scotch-

taped to every wall we own. …

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