This Shaky Earth

An overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession
on this shaky earthGoethe

I’ve run out of verbs on the shoulder of I-75.
Semis barrel, no, blast, no, thunder past
my blown-out Outback, the shimmy I ignored
for thirst of home, tire that looked fine

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Linda Parsons is an editor at the University of Tennessee and the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Bound. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Shenandoah; Ted Kooser’s syndicated column American Life in Poetry; and in numerous anthologies.

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