Open Call 2019, Poems - Keith Mark Gaboury



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By Keith Mark Gaboury

In the mud room,
Samantha screams
at the imposition


of a kindergarten start time.
If you slice the word in two,


kindergarten basks
in a kind garden


yet my daughter
is not convinced
during her tantrum’s snap-back.


I move her body
since I must move my wheels
to the school’s parking lot.


As I scratch the walls of fatherhood
in the prison of manhood,
which hood do I want to plant


a tree and see green unfold?
This can’t be the life


I envisioned
back in my boyhood skin.


Keith Mark Gaboury earned a M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. His poems have appeared in such literary publications as Poetry Quarterly, New Millennium Writings, and a forthcoming chapbook through Pedestrian Press. Keith is a poet and preschool teacher in Oakland, California.


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