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Elaine Cosgrove

Paper $15.00    |    978-1-910251-25-6    |    2018

A restless, probing imagination and a music lover’s ear are among the elements that drive the poems in Cosgrove’s much anticipated debut collection. Her wide range of interests are matched only by the startling variety of her approaches. These are energetic, youthful poems, alive with fresh vision and compelling rhythm.

Small Town Synaesthesia
At the station, slicks of oil tie-dye
     the puddles
in the concrete, below the pumps,
     as they tick over
the litres and gallons. They reflect the sun,
turn it wild, hold it in the cracked dips
     of the ground.

When he balances the till at the end
     of the shift
the numbers throb coloured across
     the spectrum;
they cast a lemon scent when the
     totals align.

The streetlight haze makes him taste salt.
Sneakers hum, make a pale green sound
as players fight for the rebound.

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