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  What She Wrote From Rural America

 Doug Draime


he moments dripped like frozen sap
down rusty pipes and the sky
chipped away like ancient paint from
motel walls.  Her sons murdered
puppies and her husband ran
off with a 13 year old  cotton candy twirler
from the county fair.  The corn wouldn’t grow
and the floods wiped out the future.  She said madness

was her only refuge.  She asked how I was doing,
and if I was still married.  I carefully resealed the
letter, and wrote in
bold across it: deceased return to sender.  




Doug Draime's most recent books:  Slaves of the Harvest (Indian Heritage Publishing,
Unoccupied Zone (Pitchfork Press, 2004), Spleen. an ebook, (Poetic Inhalation, 2004). He started publishing in the small press and underground newspapers in 1969, and his work continues to appear in publications worldwide. He lives in Oregon.









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