Amy Barone’s new poetry collection, Defying Extinction, was published by Broadstone Books in 2022. New York Quarterly Books released her collection, We Became Summer, in 2018. She wrote chapbooks Kamikaze Dance (Finishing Line Press) and Views from the Driveway (Foothills Publishing.) Barone’s poetry has appeared in Local Knowledge, Martello Journal (Ireland), Muddy River Poetry Review, New Verse News, and Paterson Literary Review, among other publications. She belongs to the Poetry Society of America and the brevitas online poetry community. From Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City.
The following work is Copyright © 2023, and owned by Amy Barone and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The G Spot
Once a mecca for gals, guns, gambling and gold,
now ponderosa pines and Victorian homes
flank the steep road to Mt. Mariah Cemetery
where we salute Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok.
Survivor of three major fires—
the place never became a ghost town.
It had a theatre, Chinatown, and hardware store.
During the Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876
the Lakotas lost this land to settlers—
gold mining carried on until 2002.
The last brothels closed in 1980
and in 1989 gambling became legal.
Far from home, tourists sort through wood carvings—
gnomes, animals, frontier heroes—
digging for gold in Deadwood.
Lisa Delan’s work has been featured or is forthcoming in American Writers Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Cathexis Northwest Press, Passengers Journal, Poets Choice, The Pointed Circle, Viewless Wings, Wild Roof Journal, The Write Launch, and other literary publications. She has been nominated for a 2023 Pushcart Prize. When she is not writing poems, you can find the soprano, who records for the Pentatone label, singing art songs by American composers on texts of many of her favorite poets.
The following work is Copyright © 2023, and owned by Lisa Delan and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
i am afraid
no one will
see me drown
when the brack
swells rise and
wrap my heels
and my breath
open to swallow
i roll under
far away in
a dream of
i open my mouth
and all the sea
Originally published in print in American Writers Review (San Fedele Press 2022)