“Extractions” by Shannon K. Winston (poetry ’18)

“Extractions” by Shannon K. Winston (poetry ’18), published by the Cumberland River Review.


Picture this:
me and my mother

on our hands and knees
tearing up an orange

shag carpet
in our old apartment.

Peeling back foam
and mold, we groped

our way to wood.
We’re fixing up the place,

my mother said,
but I was already dreaming

of Paris. Of the men
in Gustave Caillebotte’s

painting Les raboteurs de parquet.

[… continue reading “Extractions” at the Cumberland River Review.]