I live, write, and teach in Appleton, Wisconsin—about 35 miles south of the "frozen tundra." I am fascinated by good paper, poetry and the way ink moves forward on the blank page and words trail behind like a snake shedding its skin. Winner of the 2003 Main Street Rag Chapbook contest, I am the author of the collection A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013) and seven chapbooks of poetry. Widely published (poetry, reviews and interviews), I was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2011. www.karlahuston.com
I was 10 when I fell in love with Pat Boone
and the movie April Love,
where some girl had broken his heart,
and his sandy love letters
disappeared with the water’s sloppy kiss.
I wanted to slap her for being
so heartless and so mean to a boy
who wore a sweater vest and white bucks
even on the beach, his hair immaculate
in the wind. How could she hurt
this splendid god, a boy who could sing
to her like that, a boy so handsome
that seagulls adored him?
She must have been cruel
and a brunette with spit curls
carved into her cheeks, frosty
eyes, lips cut from blushing coral.
As I watched from my seat in the Rivoli,
I felt his tears falling with each sad wave,
and I knew I could do it better, cherish him,
save his pretty and impossible heart.
I wanted to send him sweet words
that wouldn’t disappear, this longing
larger than anything I’d known.
-Catch and Release, chapbook, Marsh River Editions: 2005
©2015 Karla Huston