local_library Semicolon

by Hilary Sideris

Published in Issue No. 273 ~ February, 2020

The first time I voted Reagan won.

I typed my thesis on an IBM.


That reedy voice, the cowboy

belt & colon polyps seem semi-


sweet now, an almost-funny joke

about the Gipper’s typewriter


that had no memory or colon,

a punctuation mark that draws attention


to a list of fruits I’m not allowed

to eat before my procedure;


the semicolon promises

there’s more; after I swallow


this gallon of magnesium 

citrate, half will be well.

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Hilary Sideris has recently published poems in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Free State Review, Gravel, The Lake, Main Street Rag, Rhino, Salamander, and Southern Poetry Review. She is the author of Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014), The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016), Un Amore Veloce (Kelsay 2019) and The Silent B (Dos Madres 2019).