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Two poems by Richard Peabody


The Plains



Tiny bend in the road


Split pea soup

with Canadian bacon


Naked Mountain wine


No Paris in sight

save Virginia


Sassafras and Bayberry


More apples on the ground

than in the baskets


The Rail Stop


Cozy Cool Girl says,

“I’ve had worse things in my mouth”


Shop, Dine, Stay


Gas station sign

flashes GOO YEAR





Human Geometry



The pale, the drunk, the weary

collide


at the atom smasher

Winter Festival


Bobble heads

masked and unmasked


How flexible

are you?




Born in Washington, DC., raised in Bethesda, and now living in Arlington, VA., poet, writer, editor, teacher, publisher, Richard Peabody wears many literary hats. He taught fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University for 15 years. His Gargoyle Magazine (founded 1976) will release issues 74 and 75 by the end of 2021. He has edited (or co-edited) 26 anthologies including Mondo Barbie and A Different Beat. Guinness on the Quay, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2019.


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