Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five



By the time it is over,
I will have
tossed it all:
that brand-new baby
book and the fist-
ful of thinking-of-you
cards. Unpopped bubbles
of foil-backed vitamin
samples and the torn-open
box of little blue-line
liar sticks.
Even the unframed, curl-edged
picture of your heartbeat,
a small, white flash
against the dark.

Hailing originally from southwestern Pennsylvania, Jennifer Parks now lives on a small patch of bluegrass in central Kentucky. Jennifer is a working mother of three and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University's Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA program. She was last year’s nonfiction and poetry editor for the literary journal Jelly Bucket. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Crucible, cahoodaloodaling, and in an anthology by Accents Publishing.