Nevertheless Monet Sings Country

Miriam N. Kotzin

All day I’ve been listening to 
this rain as it simmers
on our metal sills.

Wind, garrulous in the leaves, 
shakes our loose panes 
like cheap tambourines,

and the neighbors’ dark windows 
stare back at me
like gravestones left blank.

Then honkytonk neon pools 
on wet black streets— 
night-blooming water-lilies
fall from a winking blinking sky.



Miriam N. Kotzin, teaches creative writing and literature at Drexel University. She is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, Debris Field (David Robert Books 2017). Her collection of short fiction, Country Music (Spuyten Duyvil Press 2017), joins a novel, The Real Deal (Brick House Press 2012), and a collection of flash fiction, Just Desserts (Star Cloud Press 2010). Her fiction and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in Shenandoah, Boulevard, Smoke Long Quarterly, Eclectica, Goliad Review, Mezzo Cammin, Offcourse, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other periodicals, and in anthologies. She is a contributing editor of Boulevard.

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