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  • An Apology to Thin Air
  • Michael Meyerhofer (bio)

An Apology to Thin Air

When I stepped outside my house, I grimacedbecause of how June roiled off the sidewalk,

wrinkling the porch-pose of my wife's orchidsand the sleek dark fur of the stray cat

lying in the shade of a planter, then I realizedmy grimace just so happened to line up

with an old black man crossing the street,and he frowned back at me, so that I stood there

unsure what to do next—if I should runafter him and explain the misunderstanding

or if that would only make matters worse;besides, maybe he only looked that way

because of the awful heat which by thenhad lasted so long, even the sprinklers

couldn't resuscitate those sad yellow lawnslining our block in crisp, identical rows. [End Page 107]

Michael Meyerhofer

Michael Meyerhofer's fifth book of poems, Ragged Eden, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press. He has been the recipient of the James Wright Poetry Award, the Liam Rector First Book Award, the Brick Road Poetry Book Prize, and other honors. For more information and an embarrassing childhood photo, visit



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