Gary L. McDowell

Bowling Green

                        for Mandy


A small dose of dark
A small dose of light

A small dose of toward

And I like the dark because we rise from it

Was I loving you I was loving you even then

There are so many trees in Ohio
I know there are trees in Ohio

Why a shy watchdog is shy:

seduction, kite strings, to forget awhile

This is a love story

A trip to the sea in plenty of time

No sign of snow angels

No sign of signs

This is proof that leave that all behind
means I don’t dance and am claustrophobic

Wendy XuGary L. McDowell is the author of Weeping at a Stranger's Funeral (Dream Horse Press, 2014) and American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010). He's the co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (Rose Metal Press, 2010) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.