Vienna saus-
age tin bottom a half uh plastic cup some
gummy candy 6 pack plastic ring
clear wrapper separated meat swollen glass
1,000 pieces big hula hoop of
2" black pipe pop top turpentine
lid crumbled corn bread orange peel tomatoes
rusted flattened paint can undegradable
potatoes Hardee's bag green 'frigerator
letter "N" magnet 7 pickles
bananas black rear axle toy
truck flat top milk snap-on cantaloupe
skin seeds red ink felt pen cap cigarette butts
'lectric tape limp pizza box pulverized
work glove 8 rotten apples cake icing 1 white pill
bottle broken "shut up & pour mama's coffee" mug

About the Poet

After working as a carpenter in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Ohio, Eric Schwerer earned a PhD in Creative Writing from Ohio University. Prior to that, he received an MFA from The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Schwerer has taught poetry to people recovering from mental illness and is an Associate Professor in the Program in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Saint of Withdrawal (2006) and Whittling Lessons (2005). His poems have been published in many literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, NOR, Paper Street, Fence, The Journal, Diagram, Third Coast, Quarter After Eight, The Laurel Review, Poems & Plays, Elixir, and Cumberland River Review.