MY FIRST RESPONSE,
“Who runs toward the danger”
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.
RON 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).
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