by Best Poem
Play the Record
If you try to explain the situation as it stands
people trail ahead to their own versions of your
truth looking for a tear, a rip in the vinyl, a burn
on the palms of your hands showing how deliberately
you pushed this away from visions of demise. What’s
going on is a change in temperature, a change in the lyrics
from 45 back to 78 and the resemblance of hands that know hard work.
Suzanne Nielsen, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, teaches writing at Metropolitan State University. Her poetry, fiction and essays appear in literary journals nationally and internationally; some of these include The Comstock Review, The Copperfield Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Foliate Oak, Identity Theory, The Pedestal, Word Riot and 580 Split. Nielsen was recognized by storySouth’s Million Writers Award in 2005 for her notable story, “Fists for Hands.” So’ham Books released her first collection of poetry titled “East of the River,” in December 2005, a collection of short fiction titled “The Moon Behind the 8-Ball & Other Stories,” in 2007, and will release her new collection of poetry titled “I Thought You Should Know,” in 2008. Nielsen holds a doctorate in Education from Hamline University.