Sean Webb


Rewards of living well: a house, a yard, presorted standard
US postage paid mail. Then come the voles, and follows,
the vole holes. Then fall, then winter, then the rains of April.

And then one night, a giant sinkhole opens in your driveway.
Big enough to fall into on your bicycle while you are waving
at your elderly neighbor who is out edging his sidewalk.

But before that can happen, you stretch yellow caution
tape around 4 pine stakes, and while so doing, suddenly
think of a friend across town who loves the Allman Brothers

and Blue Oyster Cult, even though she’s a generation removed.
You remember then how sometimes her heart closes up and
she lives in darkness, like a vole, but sadly—she knows better.


Sean Webb received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his work including fellowships from The Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Utah Arts Council, and a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. In 2005, he was selected by Grace Paley to serve as Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. and in 2014, he won the Passages North Neutrino Prize. His work has appeared in many publications including the North American Review, Prairie Schooner, The Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, and The Seattle Review.