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I Work at the Community Center

On Thursdays we have art class. Kids
make paintings for their dads and a lady comes
to explain what a stranger is.

When I asked for a dream of my father
I had night-sweats three times in a row.
I tell the children if you love your paintings

they'll love you back but it's a kind of sickness
when you can't dream of your father.
Some nights we have T.V. Body counts are

back. The reporter says they've asked for
a ceasefire to bury their dead. I sit in the dark
repeating the names of exotic grasses:

love in a mist and love lies bleeding.

-- Deborah Bogen

Deborah Bogen lives in Highland Park, where she runs a writing workshop in her living room. Her newest book, Landscape With Silos, was published by Texas Review Press. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.

Ephemeral art made at Chalk Fest
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Ephemeral art made at Chalk Fest

By Pam Smith