This Space for Message: Poems by Diane LeBlanc. Number 3.04 in the Seven Kitchens Press Editor’s Series.
Cover art: “Blue I Love You” by Guillermo F Castro.
Release date: August 23, 2017 [100 copies]
Diane LeBlanc is a writer, teacher, and book artist. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Sudden Geography (2014), Dancer with Good Sow (2008), and Hope in Zone Four (1998). Poems and essays appear in Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Mid-American Review, Natural Bridge, and other journals. Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Visit her website here.
Some men are born lonely.
They are lonely for water
when ranch hands pull them
into a landlocked family.
No amount of milk will do.
They will always long for rain.
They aren’t born cowboys
if they forgive a sheep
who wanders off to be alone,
who catches its foot in a snow fence
and dies in the torn tent
of sagging orange web.
The lonely men I know are good
with nails and lettuce seeds, things
defining a need for depth.
They grieve for their mothers,
for dogs and the marriages
they never learned to bury.
They live like trees
beside their fathers’ wooden houses.
They fall in love with hips
of vine carved in armoire doors.
They wonder why they see
in those curves their undoing.
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