Tangent Line 

The automated announcer

says entering Oakland. Oh,

ordinary, endless circle --

no space my own,

shoulders touching,

thigh to thigh,

breath, books, bags,

the propositions

of drunken strangers.


I want to ride this route

farther than I ever have,

ride the tangent line all the way

to the suburbs, roll like a dog 

in an obscenely green lawn,

pretend it is mine.


-- Jill Khoury


Jill Khoury lives on the South Side slopes and teaches at Duquesne University. Her recent publications include poems in Open Thread, Carnegie Mellon's Oakland Review and a chapbook, Borrowed Bodies, from Pudding House Press. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday at 6:30 a.m. on 90.5 FM.


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