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J. R. Solonche

J. R. Solonche received a BA from New York University and an MA from SUNY–New Paltz. He is the author of Tomorrow, Today, and Yesterday (Deerbrook Editions, 2019); In Short Order (Kelsay Books, 2018); I, Emily Dickinson & Other Found Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2018); The Black Birch (Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books, 2017); Invisible (Five Oaks Press, 2017); Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions, 2016); and Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions, 2015). With his wife Joan I. Siegel, he coauthored Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books, 2001). He is professor emeritus of English at SUNY–Orange County.

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Cinderella

It should have ended there,
the coach turning soft and orange,
her gown dissolving into a frothy cloud
around her shoulders,
the twelfth stroke of the clock in the tower
falling like a meteorite,
and the glass slipper slipping into the pond,
raising a bubble like a frog breathing.
Perhaps it is starting to rain.

It should have ended there,
the pumpkin at the gate,
and the neighbors’ only son staring in amazement,
riding out at dawn to work.