Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 1, is now online. Enjoy new poems by Maria Sanz (translated by Lola Hidalgo-Calle and Mark Putnam), Tim Cresswell, M.K. Foster, Colin Schmidt, Yehoshua November, LeRoy Sorensen, Yuko Taniguchi, Ben Debus, Mary Moore, Elijah Burrell, Charles Harper Webb, Amorak Huey, Allison Joseph, Cassandra Cleghorn, Jennifer Highland, Danielle Mitchell, Michael Hurley, Judy Kronenefeld, Amanda Doster, Laurie Klein, Daryl Jones, T.J. Sandella, Janet Hagelgans, Doug Ramspeck, Jennifer Bullis, Tina Richardson, Lynn Schmeidler. With reviews of Ada Limon and Kristina Marie Darling by Dave Seter and Donna Vorreyer.
It’s true he has no friends to speak of
but he seems happy enough. Doesn’t he?
He’s just shy. That’s what it is.
I’m sick of all these diagnoses.
It used to be normal, didn’t it, before
they made up words.
But really, he’s got his things,
the maps and plans, the fantasy books,
his computer stuff. I know he won’t
answer the phone and never looks a stranger
in the eye but it’s not as though
he’s torturing hamsters. Once he gets going
he’ll talk for hours. God, he’s even
taking driving lessons.
Imagine that—our son—driving!
No—I don’t think he needs to see
someone, it’ll only make it worse.
I’m sure he’s fine. It’s not that
I think it doesn’t matter, it’s just that I’m tired
and we have to sleep.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 1.
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