Winter 2006-7

Rodney Nelson

                for Britta Stein

The road that wound me away
to a deathtrap hotel in
                                       La Paz
I had seen on the
                                       Rainy River
                     and anywhere north
my foot that almost touched a
half-naked fan cord when I
was getting out of
                                       la ducha
yet to arrive in
                     it seemed
will walk me toward living
                                       Chiricahua Peak
time the road itself will unwind and
I may meet a trogon along it

Rodney Nelson started publishing in 1970 (Georgia Review), while part of the counterculture in San Francisco. Over the years, several collections of poetry and a few novels (e.g., Villy Sadness) saw print. Since 2004 his prose narratives have begun appearing in such ezines as Retort, Big Bridge, and Cipher Journal.



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