Sioned Curoe

Nostalgia for an Empty Place


English burns bitter on my tongue

and for the first time in living memory

I feel homesick for a countryside

surrounded by so much fucking corn


My sister calls from California

happy birthday a month late

with the barest handful of change

I gift her only coffee

and Midwest impressions of the sea


Our Lyft driver asks me to speak

my second language

the code-switch is upheaval

a great grind of earthen plates

and iron pressing against teeth


I am not trapped here

gods know I have every chance

to pack up for some state

without flat endless fields

where I can eat weed in peace


This is what I tell myself

when winter wrenches my knees

out of joint


Sioned Curoe is a queer poet and artist living in Iowa. Their previous publications include works in Coe Review, Colere, The Pearl, and Dubuque Area Writers Guild Gallery 2016: Shapes.