“At Exit Zero,” by Colin Dodds

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Untitled, by Joyce Polance

Leaning into parkway curve
at Verrazano-Narrows, he’s assured

Everything will happen
Given infinite time and space
Everything will happen
The funds enforcing physics and death will dry up
And everything will happen

Fog in the harbor
Bridge in the bay
Hanging from the sky
a new center of world trade

Warm air fast night driving
Speed and bend pull
Forces real and resistible named and unspoken
sing harborward

But the budget traveler
holds the wheel
watches for an opening accelerates

It is a good thing
worth everything
to be alive


Colin DoddsColin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He is the author of several novels, including WATERSHED and The Last Bad Job. His poetry has appeared in more than two hundred seventy publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology. His book-length poem That Happy Captive was named a finalist in both the Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award and the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. And his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. You can find more of his work at thecolindodds.com.