Todd Richardson

Impossible River
A book of poems


Impossible River is a book of original poems written and published in 2015. The book is available for purchase in paperback edition from Amazon and by order from most other online and brick-and-mortar booksellers.

 

Paperback, 62 pages
Publisher: Low Light (October 15, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0692541388
ISBN-10: 0692541381


THERE IS A GHOST

At dusk someone walks by wearing my grandmother’s perfume.
I turn but there is nobody there. The scent lingers, hangs in the
drowning light. It reminds me of so many things. Images rush
through my mind like film on a reel. Salmon-colored cabinets
in the kitchen. Linoleum on the floor made to look like brick.
A mug of warm milk on the table. The piano at the end of the
hall. Her, listening to original Elvis 45s while she cleaned the
house. Books, walls of books, which, when I was a child, she
would read to me on a bed the size of a continent. The cold,
blood-red floor in her bedroom. Enormous leaning trees in the
corner of the parlor at Christmas, cluttered with bubbling,
blinking ornaments. The smell of coffee. Her white shirts and
tennis shoes. So many things. The fireworks of memory.


SUNDAY MORNINGS

The first time I realized we’re all gonna die was when
my mother told me that Mrs. Frazier, the old lady who worked
the counter at the candy store in town, had passed away.

She was so thin and stood bent, never straight.
The paper thin skin on her arms and hands
barely hid the humerus, radius, ulna, and metacarpals.

Also, I remember how scraps of the dull, weathered red paint
on the outside of that place would often peel and flake away
as if by something unseen.



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