"Epicenter" by Laura Madeline Wiseman - 2nd Place - Canada Poetry Magazine
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by Laura Madeline Wiseman

When you awoke back home you knew your bike
was no longer an ordinary road bicycle ridden
along some highways of corn, but was now hot

as the steam of some geyser billowing
a whiteness that stops vehicles for a mile back
and below it, not road, but something bubbling
a liquid from a fire hole so thermal it warms rivers
that always fill in the late afternoon
with swimmers, holding hands, wading in,

and if you’d never thought of a bicycle
as an active volcano right here
with the tectonic force to make the ground shift

all summer whenever you’d been still,
your bicycle leaning against a picnic table,
or outside the tent while you stood beside,

you had begun to feel the ground tremble.

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the editor of two anthologies, Bared and
Women Write Resistance, selected for the Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial
Book List. She is the recipient of the 2015 Honor Book Nebraska Book
Award, a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and an Academy of American
Poets Award. Her book
Drink won the 2016 Independent Publisher Bronze
Book Award for poetry. Her latest book is
Through a Certain Forest
(BlazeVOX [books] 2017). Her book
Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin State
University Press), is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award
Finalist for Sports.
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Published May 7, 2018

Second Place: Canada Poetry Contest #1


by Laura Madeline Wiseman
(Lincoln, Nebraska)
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