FNS: Second Springtime by Michael Kroesche

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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 Michael Kroesche


Two days’ warmth this November
the hackle snapped irises
riot one last
in flowerbeds along the walk
The bright blossoms
genuflecting back in
crumpled blue
and purple habits

My love’s hounds nip,
yipe my ribcage restless
waiting for a thin scrap
to fall from her table

I’m good
at feeling nothing, peeling
onion petals inward
around a hard
white center
into a single
garden pearl


Michael Kroesche is originally from Salt Lake City but has lived and taught all over the world, ranging from Montreal and Dijon to Guangzhou, China. After publishing a chapbook through Elik Press in 2004, he went on to receive his BA in English from the Univ. of Southern California in 2008 and was also the recipient of the Virginia Middleton Scholarship for Excellence in Creative Writing and Academics. He then completed his Master’s in Fine Arts at the Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2011 with a focus on poetry. His poetry, fiction, and academic work have appeared in magazines such as The Colorado Review, The Chiron Review, Foliate Oak, Cactus Heart, Interim, Bayou Magazine, among others. In 2013 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as participating as a regular contributing panelist at the Far West Pop Culture Conference since 2010. Currently, Michael works as an adjunct instructor in the English dept. at UNLV while pursuing a second master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.

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