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 Jen Karetnick
Traffic rushes by
like one thousand rivers fed
by icecaps melting.
Previously published in The Landscaping of Wildlife (Big Wonderful Press, 2012)
Jen Karetnick is the author of seven poetry collections, including two full-length forthcoming books: American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016) and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016). The winner of the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize and runner-up for the 2015 Atlantis Prize from The Poet’s Billow as well as the 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize, Jen received an MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine and an MFA in fiction from University of Miami. Her poetry, prose, playwriting and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in literary journals including Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, december, Gastronomica, Greensboro Review, Guernica, North American Review, Poets & Writers, Poet’s Market 2013, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Seneca Review, Spillway, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She works as the Creative Writing Director for grades 6-12 at Miami Arts Charter School; the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine; the South Florida blogger for Virgin Atlantic Airways; and a food-travel-lifestyle journalist. She lives in Miami Shores on the remaining acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two teenagers, three dogs, three cats and fourteen mango trees.