Maia Rauschenberg (Boston University, US)
What do they grow in Iowa: wheat, or corn
or soy? What kind of fences do they run?
Is it like those postcards? Remember
that trip we took up Sawtooth. Wilderness
you can’t see the edges of, can’t find it
out here. How deep the crick still
was, snow still covering the lake’s shaded
scree. So easy, dirt roads and hot springs.
On the ride home your bracelet broke.
(My little shelter, my
one way or another.
Drifting through July
west of Argenta, cooling
wind, wayward hubcap
beside the two-lane
meets splayed-top brome
grass in light.)
I found more beads under the floormat
(now twenty five hundred miles away)
Maia, a Northern California native, has spent the last ten years living and working all over the US, including places like South Dakota, Maine, Alaska and Montana, with her partner and two dogs. She is currently finishing an MFA at Boston University, and will travel to Patagonia this fall as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow.