Fall-Winter 2011

Poetry

Prose

Visuals

Detail of Springbok Prairie,
above left, by Connie Devendorf.

Detail of Echinacea in snow
by Gail Goepfert.

Riverdale, Illinois

Dave Seter

Dave Seter studied creative writing at Princeton University, where he earned his degree in civil engineering. Born in Chicago, he has lived on both coasts, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California. His first published collection of poems, the chapbook entitled Night Duty, was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

Into August’s sweat,
I shoved the lawnmower,
fed it gasoline
and bluegrass thick with rain.

My small hands stung
with each lightning stroke
of the piston rod.
I hated how fast
the grass grew back,
asked my Dad to lower the blade.

Miss Hickey said
Wentworth Avenue was prairie once,
bison lived the next town over.
I said I missed those days.

They would have eaten
grass that didn’t die,
grew over graves,
only gave way
to ghosts of the prairie
we called weeds.