By Jeff Knorr
Featured art: Winter Dreaming of Spring by Nancy Dick, Norman Calkanic, Kate Goreman, Patty Mitchell, and David Dewey
What information could you possibly deliver—
that he’s safe, that the kite he put in
for the GED has come through.
If you know the party’s extension you wish
to speak to, you may dial it at any time.
To dial his reference number
and have a phone ring in his cell.
Otherwise hold for a representative—
Information, Officer Medeiros speaking.
Yes, Officer Medeiros, can you wander
over to dorm C, bed 211
and check on my son for me?
Can you tell me what he’s been fed the last two weeks?
Can you check if the light flickering
above his bed at all hours has been fixed,
replaced with a new bulb?
Instead I ask, is he allowed to
receive packages yet, new books?
When Medeiros says yes, I hang up
go to Acces SecurePak, order
soups, chips, cheese, everything
you need for a spread, throw in
a pair of sunglasses. I go downstairs
for a beer and cook the dog an egg.
Jeff Knorr is the author of four books of poetry, including The Color of a New Country, The Third Body, Keeper, and Standing Up to the Day. Jeff was the Poet Laureate for the city and county of Sacramento from 2012-2016. He lives in Sacramento, California and is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Sacramento City College.