by Lowell Jaeger
Change Finds My Hometown
that I mind them being here, that’s not it.
life and nobody give me shit.
now. Just read the papers. Can’t
kids who been born here. I’m listening
loud, can’t deny it. What did you expect,
big-hearted to a fault. Wants us all
their own home. It’s hard, my sister says.
‘em, Dad said, when a bullhead
admire the frenzy; fish
touch the bastard, Dad said.
him even worse, when Dad
bull’s head clean from the rest
knock and open before I answered
I give him a ride on my new bike?
a small town queer was unimaginable
give him a ride on my bike someday?
Lowell Jaeger is author of four collections of poems: War On War (Utah State University Press, 1988), Hope Against Hope (Utah State University Press 1990), Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press, 2009), and WE (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2010). He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. Most recently, Lowell was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civic discourse.