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Emily Vieweg -- "Jungle Gym"


Text of the poem is below.

More about Emily here.
and her new book here.

Jungle Gym
I feel like I’m failing – 

galloping down a metal slide, 

thighs burning from the sticking –


Remember this feeling:

It is 98 degrees in St. Louis

in August and you are just trying 

to play at recess

when The Gorilla dares you to climb

the high slide reserved for sixth graders.

You’re the chicken, so they’d never believe

that at home, in your back yard,

you fly through the air, eyes closed, wind

flapping your pigtails across your face.

You surprise them all

and hoist yourself, without handles,

to the apex

and hobble back to class

wearing your slideburn

with pride.

Emily Vieweg, MFA is a poet and playwright originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been published in Foliate Oak, The Voices Project, Red Weather Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Art Young’s Good Morning, The Basil O’Flaherty Feminist Voices and more.

Her one-act play Atomic Lounge was performed in Chicago at The 25th Annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival in 2013.

Emily’s debut chapbook Look Where She Points is available from Plan B Press and her store.

Emily’s chapbook Conversations with Beethoven and Bach is available through her store and Amazon.com.

She lives in Fargo, North Dakota where she is a mother of two, cat wrangler and office assistant.

Poems © 2020 Emily Vieweg

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