- Love Poem (in a False Tense)
Thankfully a whole town liesbetween us. All daylight flintsthe pavement: a matchthat strikes the thoughtof the night's walkto you again and againin my mind: eachimagined walk one lamp litalong a streetfrom atop invisible stilts.I do not hesitate tonavigate in such indelibles.But if in recollectionthere can be no new gestureI stand stillas a street under snowfall.The streetlamps strain through.Here I am, still on my way. [End Page 151]
Katie Umans has published poems in Crazyhorse, Columbia, Indiana Review, Barrow Street, and elsewhere. Her latest work, Flock Book (Black Lawrence P), won the St. Lawrence Book Award and is forthcoming. She currently lives in New Hampshire, where she was supported by a State Council for the Arts grant.