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Fellow Odd Fellow by Steven Riel


Steven Riel is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: How to Dream, The Spirit Can Crest, and most recently, Postcard from P-town, which was selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, and published in 2009 by Seven Kitchens Press. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and in numerous periodicals, including The Minnesota Review, International Poetry Review, Evening Street Review, Christopher Street, The G.W. Review, St. Andrew’s Review, The James White Review, and The Antigonish Review. In 2005, Christopher Bursk named him the Robert Fraser Distinguished Visiting Poet at Bucks County (PA) Community College.  He served as poetry editor of RFD between 1987 and 1995. He won a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 1992. His poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 1989 and for Editor's Choice III in 1991. Steven holds an MLS from Simmons College and works as Head of Serials Cataloging at Harvard University Library.

Blackberrying

 

 

Scrunch on your back under branches

to plunder the out-of-reach pulp.

 

Succumb to the pull of plump clusters,

their underslung, dusky abundance.

 

Then:  blush as you dream lips

brushed by a lush mustache.

 

When a fuzzy leaf nuzzles against your cheek,

you’re a gurgling tot, a suckling glutton.  O,

 

how to slurp up all this beckoning &

not get stuck, a drunk beneath a thorn bush?