[You are] poor in two directions.
[You are] not regarded as a North American.
[With a] streak deep-orange,
[you are] translucent saffron—
the Greek at Mammoth Mine,
at Pinal County granular.
Softer and less dense [than the others],
[they call you] bright[ness]
[I want to] form in the zone of alteration
[I want to be] vitreous,
[anything but] secondary,
Rosemarie Dombrowski is a poetry editor at Four Chambers, the co-founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series, and the founder of Rinky Dink Press. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in Hartskill Review, The Ginosko Anthology (v3), Anthro/Poetics (an anthology of cultural writings), Stonecoast Review, and elsewhere. She has received four Pushcart nominations – three for The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014) – and was a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize in 2015. She’s currently a Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus where she serves as the editor of the undergraduate writing journal and teaches courses on radical poetics, women’s lit, and Lady Gaga