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What It’s Like

Let me tell you what it’s like:
It’s like a rust-stained glacier
or a beach at ten degrees.

It’s like a night softball game glimpsed
from the highway, insects swarming
eternally about the fluorescent.

It is a small apartment with tatami mats,
a pair of street shoes at the door and, inside,
a basket of slippers, all wrapped, save one.

James King’s poetry has appeared in The Dillyduon Review, The Thieving Magpie, OpenDoor Poetry Magazine, BigCityLit, The Oddville Press, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Bill Warrington’s Last Chance, published by Viking/Penguin. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds an M.A. in Writing from Manhattanville College. He lives in Connecticut. Also visit:

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