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Amanda Latrenta Crane

Photo by  Andrew Huff

Photo by Andrew Huff

The way the shapes
float slow
then zip.
The way they click

I see the pattern now
deep in the blue blocks
that keep me in puzzles.
Falling L shapes
that are made of sad squares
desperate to be solid.

Like that one afternoon
on the hill
with the purplish sunset.
And we sat quietly
And knew we did not fit.

The police should have tucked me
in the backseat
and taken me home.

Amanda Latrenta Crane has her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and works as a full-time professor of English for Strayer University Online. She is the author of the chapbook, Barbiecue, which is a contemporary spin on the voice of the Barbie doll. She has poems published in numerous journals including: Barbaric Yawp, Chronogram, Poetalk, The Paterson Literary Review, Sawbuck, and Word Riot. Currently she is at work on her new manuscript about her childhood in the 1980s. Visit her at