RA Allen

Spotlight: Sou’Memphis ER

Waiting room
TV wanna know
in blinkedy
blue letters

blue plastic
hard as rocks
blue scrubs and
blue shower caps
on the nurses
and docs

++all in blue
beat my cousin
black and blue

the PA
system sayin
++code blue
++code blue
I wonder if
they talkin
bout him


RA AllenR.A. Allen’s poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Night Train, RHINO Poetry, Gravel, Word Riot, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. His fiction has been published in The Literary Review, The Barcelona Review, PANK, The Los Angeles Review, and Best American Mystery Stories 2010, among others. He has one Pushcart nomination for poetry and one Best of the Web nomination for fiction. He lives in Memphis. More at http://poets.nyq.org/poet/raallen