Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.
Tonight’s poem is from Ron Riekki
for José, point guard
We play reservation basketball
the desert all ratty and young
with a full moon
waiting for us to get tired
but there is no exhaustion
when you’re angry-bored,
able to ignore
of a gazelle until he comes back
to haunt us
in our wide-awake
Riekki’s books include U.P.: a novel, The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His play “Carol” was in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012, The First Real Halloween was best sci-fi/fantasy screenplay for the 2014 International Family Film Festival, and his story “The Family Jewel” was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2015. His poem “A Thousand Crows” was published in Helen’s Animal Issue.