PoetryIssue 16 | October 2012

Two Poems by Colin Dodds

Outside Colorado Springs

the Pancake Houses and weekly-rate motels
glowed like heaven built by unqualified creatures
who’d underbid the job

Old America, before the frontier congealed
and the pretend-wealthy won the war for our imaginations,
still wakes itchy in those motels, scrounges
for pocket-change under its coffee saucers

The motels invoke the Bedouins, Apache,
aliens, pirates, gods and cavemen,
cry out to the holiest and farthest reaches of the mind

Beside the liquor stores and car washes,
their neon buzzes and pulses something
too disreputable to be a vision,
and too strong to be a hallucination

On the Interstate, new America flaunted
and welcomed us back to its decade-old antiquity,
and second-hand devotions Customers Only,
reads the constitution of that America

By the airport, past fields vast and unwanted,
lost on roads more sky than macadam,
we surrendered at the rental car return.

 1 2 >

About the author

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife.  Dodds’ poetry and fiction can be found here as well as in a number of periodicals, including Explosion-Proof, Folio, Lungfull and The Main Street Rag. Dodds was touted by the late Norman Mailer as showing something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.

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