Plastic Speak
by Kevin McLellan

Your son heard your fluffy pink slippers hiss cold
          linoleum

and as you neared he pretended to sleep: a closeness
          kept

for himself.  The nervous language you spoke made
          him uneasy.

For years, he waits for this to change.  For years, he
          remains

distant.  One December morning he finds a strand of
          your hair

caught in his sweater.  




                        ________________________


Kevin McLellan is an MFA graduate of Vermont College, instructor
of poetry workshops at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and
42opus assistant poetry editor.  He has recent or forthcoming poems in
journals including
Barrow Street, BLOOM, Eucalyptus, Konundrum
Engine Literary Review
, three candles, and others.  McLellan lives in
Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary
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ISSN 1931-3888

Volume 2, Number 2
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