POETRY: “Farmers’ Fourth, Bucks County, Pa., 1960” by Steve Myers

In kitchens the women
  read Revelations,
lean toward black electric fans.

A screen door slams. Out back,
  damp slips hang limp from
baling twine, pinned between sheets.

Their sons light ashcans,
  and cherry bombs, flick them
at their sisters’ feet.

Over their shoulders
  they look to their fathers,
down by the burn barrel
  set in concrete.


Steve Myers has published a full-length collection, Memory’s Dog, and two chapbooks. A Pushcart Prize winner, he has had poems previously appear in journals such as Beloit Poetry Journal, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry East, The Southern Review, and Tar River Poetry. His manuscript entitled Last Look at Joburg won The Tusculum Review’s 2015 Poetry Chapbook Prize.

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