Ron Riekki


“Who runs toward the danger”
—Jay Sizemore,
from First Responders

when someone uses the words ‘take shelter,’
I think of leaving the house, putting
on a shirt, not bullet-proof, and walking
out into the wind and cold and other
four-letter words, how my body, another
curse word, has always been seen as a thing
perfect to collect bullets and radiation
and, to write this, I have to skip sleep,
up at 8 a.m. again to go where it’s unsafe
for even the dead to go, even the heat.

0-11RON RIEKKI’s books include U.P. (Ghost Road Press), Posttraumatic (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle), and My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press). Riekki co-edited Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press) and The Many Lives of The Evil Dead (McFarland), and edited And Here (MSU Press), Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (MSU Press, Independent Publisher Book Award), and The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (Wayne State University Press, Michigan Notable Book).

Other works 
shelter flarf

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