C. L. White

Native to the rural Piedmont of North Carolina, C. L. White currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she teaches high school. Her poetry appears in Best New Poets, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere.
November 20, 2018

A poem from the North Carolina Music Issue.

It rises from dust, rakes in the populace, 
feeds them fried Twinkies, fried trees if they could 
put them on a stick and powder them in sugar. 
Bodies bunch up: the perfumed, the balmy, 
the whole way to watch the potter at his wheel, 
the carver and his knife, the knee-high rope 
around an old America.