Pittsburgh Love Stories
For a Time We Wanted Something New
Boyhood Games
One jerk and with that thrown

A tin can waits to be knocked over.

Five on a log, the country fair in my backyard

No cheaply stuffed dragons or bears

Just pride-a-sadistic denting in the works.

Hormel stands rust rigid

Blindfolded with a cigarette dangling

Hearing each miscalculated throw--whiz

I hit the brush instead, up comes dust and silverfish

disturbed by this nuclear basalt. •

Neal Hanson lives and works in Seattle, Washington. He received a B.A. in English, with creative writing emphasis, from the University of Washington. Recent or forthcoming publications include Tin Lustre Mobile, Coffee House Poetry, Mastodon Dentist, and VOX.


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