Iris Jamahl Dunkle
Mrs. Collins keeps her cups sorted by
I hold Nebraska nervously between my thumb
From outside, the voices of her two sons
I know, they’re setting traps for me—
She pours my cup dangerously full—talks
I take a shaky sip, dull the orange map of my saucer.
before the thunder on the back steps—the boys voices
Iris Jamahl Dunkle received her M.F.A. from New York University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Case Western Reserve University. Her work has appeared in Cleveland in Prose and Poetry, Fence, Squaw Valley Review, and Washington Square. She's been teaching creative writing in both University and community environments for the past eight years.