Plastic Speak
by Kevin McLellan

Your son heard your fluffy pink slippers hiss cold

and as you neared he pretended to sleep: a closeness

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

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

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

ISSN 1931-3888

Volume 2, Number 2
(Fall 2007)

Copyright © 2007
by Leah Browning, Editor.  

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