Established in 2016, The Heartland Review Press publishes 2-5 books per year.
In addition to our bi-annual literary journal The Heartland Review,
annual poetry chapbook prizes are awarded.
We are honored to The Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize whose winners
and finalists will appear in the following spring
issue of The Heartland Review.
The Heartland Review Press
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
They Say You See What You Want To
If it rains, park where the Sunday paper bubbles yellow,
soggy, and pink like throw-up on the pavement.
You might not catch a full sighting. An owl flying
over the road dangling a snake, but you’re still in the car
so it don’t count. Put your boots on and leave your bucket.
Step around the cotton balls and cut-in-half straws.
The lady at the last mailbox said nothing grows here
anymore, but people come to dump trash or sneak
through the empty house until they’re scared.
And because the bigfoot sketches are spitting image
first try. Keep walking, past a gave-up pick-up truck
and the bellies of garbage spilling from its bed
in bags full as skins, leaning, tumbling, piled up
like puppies pushing to milk between the axles.
Runts to the side bloated or sagging. What you
came to get don’t go by weight. A wild blackberry,
big as a glimpse, a pawpaw leaf pinned to the dusk.
Hike to the bridge and stop for a few push-ups. Makes
your eyes ready. Scout where the vampires painted
the concrete with stars and dripped wax and ate off
napkins. Feel the rebar yearning loose? Ditty bags
and pint bottles hanging there like meat curing.
Hear the bluebirds checking the place for tautness.
Look up. You came to see the smokestacks’ lather
and watch the buzzards gathering like stubble on the sky.
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