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Karyna McGlynn

Karyna McGlynn earned her MFA from University of Michigan, where she received the Zell Postgraduate Fellowship in Poetry and a Hopwood Award. Her first book, I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl, won the 2008 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from Sarabande Books. Karyna’s recent chapbooks include Scorpionica (New Michigan Press, 2007) and Alabama Steve (Destructible Heart Press, 2008). Her poems have recently appeared in Fence, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse Daily, LIT and Ninth Letter. She has also been a member of five National Poetry Slam teams from Austin, Seattle and Ann Arbor. Karynacurrently teaches at Concordia University in Austin, where she lives with the multimedia artist Adam Theriault. 

 

I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl

 

It’s no wonder               I’m always tired            with all these tract houses—
            It’s night & cold
on my belly in                                                    the undeveloped field now
                                    I have to bury her
clothing inside                                                    a black garbage bag in plot D
police cars roll               past but continue           down the treeless parkway
            even after shining
their lights on                                                     me in my freshman sundress
                                    I can only assume
they don’t see                                                   the significance of my presence
but I must say               1994 is a simpler            time—not everyone is suspect
                                    I crawl up next to
my old house                                                     & look through a lit window
                                    my mother reads
a book in bed                 I want to knock             on the glass, there’s something
                                    I need to tell her

 



© Karyna McGlynn


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