were about yesterday for within two miles
that evening I am standing in line outside
saved your partner’s life, I said, drifting back to the
Timing is Everything
husband wants a manual wind wristwatch.
have Aunt Lil’s wind up Wittnauer, given to her by the St.
Paul Police Department
Lil kept that watch in the built in buffet, top center drawer,
lined in its satin box
Click click click she’d go, off to the kitchen to brew egg coffee.
I went on EBay and spent three hours bidding on a wind up watch.
A 1960’s Helbros Invincible Manual Wind Watch, just in time for Easter.
This morning I took the Wittnauer out of storage, in a drawer covered with vintage half-slips and camisoles. I set the time for Daylight’s Saving, wound the watch, watched the dial go around once, and then slipped it on my wrist. I smiled thinking how timing is everything and how automatic it is to form an opinion.
Saturday on Snelling
neon green flyer arrived in the mail today.
picture ID required, and can you come back Monday
left Honey in charge while I went the bathroom. When I came
next morning Honey handed me a copy of the letter he’d sent
to the university
“You’ve got talent, and I think the drive, to do very well in graduate school…it can be incredibly stimulating, but it can also, at times, put a strain on your B.S. Meter.”
Eleven years later, now married almost 10 years to Honey, the only B.S. have been the constant hoops. Where will a person ever find a frame the size of this diploma?
Sensing the Environment
Study the painting
you see ego interfering with art
you hear answers more than questions
you taste a bitter residue among colleagues
you touch a sensitive nerve in doing so
you feel as though you’ve painted that canvas in dirty
2007, Suzanne Nielsen. ©
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Suzanne Nielsen, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, teaches writing at Metropolitan State University. Her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in literary journals nationally and internationally; some of these include The Comstock Review, The Copperfield Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Foliate Oak, Identity Theory, The Pedestal, Pindeldyboz, Rosebud, Rumble, Thunder Sandwich, Word Riot and 580 Split. Nielsen was recognized by storySouth’s Million Writers Award in 2005 for her notable story, “Fists for Hands.” So’ham Books released her collection of poetry titled East of the River in December 2005. So’ham will publish her collection of short fiction in May of 2007, titled The Moon Behind the 8-Ball & Other Stories. Nielsen earned a BA in Writing from Metropolitan State University, an MA degree, with an emphasis in fiction writing, from Hamline University, and an EdD through Hamline University.