THE GREEN LINE CAFE
THE PUBLICATION OF AFTER THE CREEK,
THE DEBUT BOOK
BY AUTUMN McCLINTOCK
READING & BOOK SIGNING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016 7PM
45TH & LOCUST STREETS,
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This Event Is Free
A Terrific Poem by Autumn McClintock:
WITH THANKS TO LISA JARNOT
You meager lost state.
You, dog with a tail between your legs.
You blue state of dirty cities.
lover of the middle.
You ignored child.
Not poor or rich or lively. Your Liberty Bell:
broken, tongue-tied cow. You of
rolling hills, of Amish
and Mennonites in the fields, the rolling fields
gold with corn. You sea-less creature.
You long divided by the Susquehanna.
Your bit of Lake Erie. You holding hands
with Ohio and Trenton, kneeling on Maryland.
You having a quick affair with Delaware, your tiny friend.
You kissing New York and kissing her and kissing her
along her pale spine. All between, among,
surrounded, you, Pennsylvania.
Of routes and skyscrapers, downed planes
in broad expanses, of 6 hours to cross you,
of long restless rides. Of ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer,
(oh dead highway, oh fur and bones across the highway)
of ladybug and firefly, brook trout, mountain laurel,
of eastern hemlock, waving. Coal state, steel state,
state of our own sorrow. You, Pennsylvania
raising up and holding us, you nurturing and
wasting us. I love you. I love you.
Autumn McClintock grew up in Chester County and has lived in Philadelphia for over a decade. Her first chapbook, After the Creek, was published in late summer 2016, and poems of hers have recently appeared in Drunken Boat, Green Mountains Review, Poetry Daily, RHINO, and others. An essay of hers appears in the 2013 anthology The Poet’s Sourcebook, published by Autumn House Press, and she is a staff reader for Ploughshares. She works at the Free Library.
Jan Freeman, author of Blue Structure,
published by Calypso Press
& Lynn Farmer, author of
The Rare, Persistent Light, winner of
the Charles Dickson Chapbook Award