Perseids, 2016

Poetry / Kristin Berger

Think I’ll put everyone in the car and head east, where the sky is bigger
than city-lock and infill; make a double wish along the double yellow
for anyone who can’t see showers carrying too much of our weight
on their slim, burning shoulders; the scripted sky, a leftover light.
Shed our unrefined ways, sentences that don’t complete.
Handshakes caught in pockets. Connect and blaze with the effort.
Out in the open like picnic blankets, we pin our squares down
with heads and heels and hearts, remember who we were before.
Taste the wealth of dust.

Kristin Berger is the author of the poetry collection How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016) and a poetry chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Her long prose-poem, ‘Changing Woman & Changing Man: A High Desert Myth’, was a finalist for the 2016 Newfound Prose Prize. Kristin is the recipient of writer residencies from Playa and OSU's Spring Creek Project, and her poetry and essays have appeared in Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming, Passages North, Poecology and, among others. Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-hosts a summer poetry series at the Lents International Farmer's Market.