Susan Zenker works in El Paso after having lived in New England, Mexico City, and Miami. Her poems have appeared in Mezcla, The Rio Grande Review, Newspaper Tree, Best Poem: A Poetry Journal, The South Boston Literary Gazette, Latino Stuff Review, The South Carolina Review, and Writer’s Exchange. Her plays were presented in public readings at the Fox Fine Arts and Chamizal Theaters in El Paso. ... more »
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The marquee’s dropped its letters to the ground
and feeds the yucca plants with movie stars
where crabgrass cracks the asphalt into mounds,
road gutted, inaccessible to cars.
Lost wind blows up the skirts of ticket booths
where families stuffed in pick-up trucks hid low.
Door speakers hang like guts of run-down dogs.
Our popcorn bags composted long ago.
Now jocks who fondled blushing cheerleaders
fall fast asleep, remote controls in hand.
So years flip by like pages wind can turn,
like snapshots hung on hooks to gather sand.
The screen, once ...