Before Group Meditation
I recall splendor.
On a borrowed bicycle,
I wobbled fast
downhill over jutting roots,
a swarm of horseflies
like a grainy moon
following close behind.
At the bottom of the hill,
a little rain shining in
a corner of wind.
Now the upbeat counselor
passes around a basket
of rocks. My friend Dan,
the Vietnam vet, says,
I knew I wasn’t going to be smart
so boy I was going to be tough.
All his sentences are like that,
clean as autumn. Each afternoon
we sit in a circle. I take a rock,
I wish you were here,
and I pass the basket on.
Chloe Honum was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Her first collection, The Tulip-Flame (2014), was selected by Tracy K. Smith for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize, won the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award and a Texas Institute of Letters Award, and was named a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. She’s also the author of a chapbook, Then Winter (Bull City Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and her awards include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. She is currently an assistant professor at Baylor University.
Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications, 2013), as well as seven chapbooks, most recently Encantado, a collaboration with artist Matt Kish from Redbird Chapbooks. She works as a middle school teacher in the Chicago suburbs.
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