PoetryIssue 06 | August 2009

Railroad Museum

by James Wilk

Giggling in denim dungarees,
overalls, and engineer’s caps,

with sunburned cheeks
and chocolate-smeared lips

the color of faded boxcars,
oily ties and rusted spikes,

they kick up dust between the rails
on August afternoons,

flitting from engine to engine,
caboose to caboose, as if

iron horses were clover blossoms
and short-legged bodies were bees.

About the author

James S. Wilk is a physician in Denver, Colorado, specializing in medical disorders complicating pregnancy.  His poems have recently appeared in 42 Magazine, Boston Literary Magazine, Measure, Pearl, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and others. His 2007 chapbook, Shoulders, Fibs, and Lies is available through Pudding House Press.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok