Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Steve Abbott


"Journal:  January 6"


the road I was told led
home is lined with
broken trees
clusters of crosses
along the interstate

they spark the dark houses

for the third week rain
fills the basement
and TV is more of
what I secretly want

that bridge was an escape
route from cities
my people fled
in flames beneath
cross and crescent

I got everything
I prayed for and
still I'm terrified

the president can't save me

I plunge forward
not yet able to feel
the dead I walk on


Steve Abbott is a product of parochial schools and a liberal arts education, resulting in stints as writer & editor for an underground newspaper, delivery truck driver, criminal defendant, courtroom bailiff, private investigator, social service PR flack, and college professor. His poems have appeared in The Connecticut Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Rattle, Pavement Saw, Plainsongs, Pudding, Slipstream, and Big Scream, among other journals. He edits Ohio Poetry Association's annual member journal Common Threads and is a founder and co-coordinator of The Poetry Forum reading series in Columbus.