Fall/Winter 2013

Matt Pasca


I fingered her hot
summer dime in
my palm   lint warming   feet
fondling the neon
beam of midtown on fallen
flyers   concrete   midnight pigeons
my secret hand
awhirl with remembering—                      

lips glinting at the middle
spot   fountain   Lincoln Center knees
weak with future   closer than kissing   white
violet   carnival flash
and palms mirrored  
in the cotton pit—  

On the train I
rode horizontal   blue vinyl   dime bright
the watchful amber of passing
platforms   my heart
pumping Ferris wheels and carousels

toward home.  

A 2003 New York State Teacher of Excellence, Matt Pasca’s poetry has appeared in 12 journals, including The Paterson Literary Review, Georgetown Review, and English Journal, as well as eight print anthologies. Pasca’s first book, A Thousand Doors, was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize in Poetry and his poem “Receiving Line” won the 2012 Great Neck Poetry Prize.



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