Biography of Susan Zenker
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. She is a member of El Paso’s Tumblewords Project.
Susan Zenker Poems
You call me Sundays, your voice, a recorded message that echoes down a narrow hallway- “We got rain, the Olds leaks oil again.”
The screech of mating katydids that scrape
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.
Renters And A One-Armed Watchman
He keeps it tied in a sleeve (a stub) he won’t allow us to see
You call me Sundays,
your voice, a recorded message
that echoes down a narrow hallway-
“We got rain, the Olds leaks oil again.”
I bake, chew fingernails, fold laundry
to all the monologues I know by heart.
While I have spent the last eight years
sharpening pencils, writing to discover