a Hoosier with a passion for the arts. She’s dabbled in all writing forms, but poetry and creative non-fiction are her niches. Currently an MA student studying Creative Writing at Indiana University in South Bend, she received her BA from Flagler College in St. Augustine.
Rites of Passage
Catholics have transubstantiation
but Protestants have fathers
who only appear at nighttime
to brush our foreheads,
then one day when you’re five or seven
you bump into him in the hallway
like a tall wisp of smoke.
I first saw my father in the daylight
when I got up to deliver the newspapers
on our street.
I trudged downstairs, half-awake,
and found him in the kitchen
eating a bowl of Cheerios.
I wasn’t good at waking up early,
a prerequisite for my job,
so the papers were often late.
Yet seeing Dad with the sports section
like a unicorn in a sudden clearing
made it seem worthwhile.
He looked up and smiled.
The room smelled of aftershave
like a priestly incense.
He offered words of encouragement
then drove off in his Cutlass Supreme
as I slogged through the snow.
I absorbed the hyperbolic font
as I tossed papers from my sack.
The sink filled with gray water
as I washed up before school.
I felt like a spring
in the machine of the world.
Lee Chilcote's poetry has been published in Paddlefish, Icon, Tributaries, Great Lakes Review, Oyez Review, Steam Ticket, Conclave, Blueline (forthcoming) and other publications. His nonfiction has been published in Out of Line, Muse, Riverwind, Whiskey Island, Belt and the books "Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology and Cleveland in Prose and Poetry." Additionally, Lee's freelance journalism has been published by Agence France Press, Yahoo.com, Land and People, Home Energy, hiVelocity, Cleveland Magazine, Fresh Water Cleveland, Cleveland Free Times, Cleveland Scene, Rails to Trails, Journal of Light Construction, Rust Wire, Crain’s Cleveland Business and other publications. He completed an MA in English and Creative Nonfiction Writing from Cleveland State University in 2002, where he was awarded the Leonard Trawick Creative Writing Prize for nonfiction writing. My poem “Another Country” was also selected as a Runner-Up in the 2010 “Poetry in the Garden” contest sponsored by Case Western Reserve University. Recently, Lee was selected as second place winner of the 2014 Lakeland Community College poetry contest and a finalist in the Best Cleveland Poem contest. He was also recently chosen to participate in the 2014 Ekphrastasy project, a program of the nonprofit group Heights Arts in which poets craft verse in response to artwork.
Adrian Gibbons Koesters' first volume of poems, "Many Parishes," was published in 2013 by BrickHouse Books. She is currently a fiction editor at A River and Sound Review, and lives in Omaha, Nebraska.