Poetry, VOLUME 5

Anne Doe Overstreet – Awaiting Arrival [Poem]

Awaiting Arrival
Anne Doe Overstreet

(from Delicate Machinery Suspended, T.S. Poetry Press)

Anne Doe OverstreetAfter all these years of nothing coming
down the road, she still preserves lemons,
still salts fish and leaves the door unlocked
to the winter traveler. In the pantry
among the Ryvita rye and sesame crackers,
there are rooted things in abundance:
the fat pearl of Walla Walla sweet onions,
the folded wings of garlic, each shrouded
in tissue paper. She, like all her neighbors,
keeps the freezer stocked with zucchini bread
and coffee in case of the improbable arrival
of snow or the advent of a stranger, each visitation
anticipated like a bridegroom a long time coming.


Anne Doe Overstreet is a poet and editor. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, DMQ Review, and Cranky, among others. She and her husband, novelist and film critic Jeffrey Overstreet, reside in Shoreline, Washington.

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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