- A Poet of Hope
But what ifthat famous writerhad grown upin myshit bricksuburbsbuilt over cornand alfalfawhenfederal initiativesconsumed poorethnic enclavesand pushed us from urban cores?Could he be a pastoralistfor garden boxeswould he mourn formy Nonnawho couldn't raise chickenswould he be haltedby cracks in the pavementthe popping of tarwith red pennies,would the breakingof blacktopby varicose rootsremind himof broken bread?Make him apoet of hope?I have my doubts,shit brick suburban [End Page 119] raised over fieldswhich before thatwere forestsand seas. [End Page 120]
Chris Cocca's fiction, essays, and poetry have been published in Hobart, Brevity, Pindeldyboz, elimae, Geez, and The Huﬃngton Post. He is a recipient of the Creager Prize for Creative Writing at Ursinus College and completed his MFA in Creative Writing at The New School.