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Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen is the author of the poetry collection Umberto's Night (2012), winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House, and The Girl Who Loved Mothra (2010), a chapbook. Awards include poetry prizes from the H.O.W. Journal and Washington Square Review as well as The James Still Award and two Pushcart nominations in 2013. Her chapbook Pentimento is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Common

On foot, wandering. No compelling reason, even if contrived: mouse-trap
buying, letter posting, paper fetching—nonetheless, to shape—from urban
streets not fields from avenues not daffodils—and so reshape the houses
striped with judgment in the awnings, hedged, cyclone fenced and tangled
in the scandal of patrols, the kitsch::ceramic frogs, ceramic bunnies; ceramic gnomes waist-deep in dandelions losing faith in whiskered seed; a crow
protests the light at Walker ticking red; the fox is fugitive—middle class,
or so it might have been—roving toward a dented white Corolla.

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