Suzanne Nielsen

by Best Poem

Last Call for Depression

Loren and Janeen Marie tossed back daiquiris at Schweitz’s
pocketing the drink umbrellas they’d sell when sober
to the delinquents down the street for a dime a piece.
The patrons next to them were resident dart enthusiasts
And when asked to join in Loren became reticent,
excused himself to the restroom
but kept walking to the street curb fondling his pocketful
of tropical designs until it started to rain where upon he
rendered their worth put his head back and took communion from above.

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.