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Harley Elliott

Harley Elliott is the author of Fugitive Histories (Woodley Memorial Press, 2011), Loading the Stone (Woodley Memorial Press, 2006), and The Monkey of Mulberry Pass (Woodley Memorial Press, 1991), among others. He lives in Kansas.

By This Poet


Outside Abilene

the full rage of kansas
turns loose upon us.

On the mexican radio station
they are singing Espiritu de mis sueños
and that is
exactly it tonight.

The spirit of my dreams
rises in the storm like vapor.

Deep clouds bulge together
and below them
we are a tiny constellation of lights
the car
laid under sheets of lightning
moving straight in to the night.

Before us are miles
and miles of water and wind.