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Editor's Note



Blue Collar
by Alyse Bensel

                               I have been
reading the history of my problems
with men for as long as
I have been living it

December haul and snow wear your hands
already pricked with scars and tattoos,
skin cracked and hardened by cold air.
I am parked in front of your apartment,
while old men in plastic chairs lean forward,
leering, while I walk up to your stoop,
knock with the side of my uncovered fist, exposed
to winter. And when I am inside the warmth
of your arms, marked as your hands,
in the only place you keep immaculate,
the floor littered in empty soda cans, paper,
I stay awake, feeling your chest expand
against my own, waiting for the 5am alarm
that sends us both away shivering.
Line from Alison Hawthorne Deming “Making Love to You When You’re Far Away,”
Genius Loci  

A native of York, PA, Alyse Bensel received her MFA in poetry from Penn State in 2012. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including MAYDAY Magazine, Cider Press Review, and Word Riot. She now lectures in English at Penn State, volunteers for a cat rescue and participates in a work-share program at a local CSA farm in State College

Copyright 2012 Alyse Bensel . © This work is protected under the U.S. copyright laws. It may not be reproduced, reprinted, reused, or altered without the expressed written permission of the author.