Sarah Wetzel



            On a blank page I draw
the man’s body and beside him
a green sweater.

            On a second page I sketch
a coastal road that dead-ends
in an empty field.

            I cut out the man.
I glue his body
and the bloody sweater

            into the scene I’ve sketched
of the empty field and the road
that ends there.


SARAH WETZEL is the author of River Electric with Light, which won the 2013 AROHO Poetry Publication Prize and is forthcoming from Red Hen Press, and Bathsheba Transatlantic, which won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and was published in 2010. Sarah currently teaches creative writing at The American University of Rome while splitting time between Manhattan, Tel Aviv, and Rome. You can read more of her work at


Read more by Sarah Wetzel

Two poems at Superstition Review
Poem at Identity Theory
Five poems at Mudlark


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