They are dying all over America,
Patricia Clarks, one after another—
in Vine Grove, Kentucky, but also this town
of Grand Rapids, Michigan. How rude
for a friend to say, “I saw your
name in the obituaries. A shock
for a moment, thinking you gone.”
Then we resumed working out,
picking up handles of bright
stretchy bands, the long iron
body bars, and then heavy
weights to do deadlifts.
PATRICIA CLARK's book The Canopy was just released, and recent poems were published in Michigan Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and Dunes Review.