Self of Steam

J. Allyn Rosser

         mondegreen from a student paper

When thoughts stack up like cinderblock
unfurl your self of steam
which rises over grit and gray and rockand climbs with rolling waft the slope
of hopelessness you seem
bound to languish on. Inhale, arise, elopewith this twin self. When gate and lock
keep out the warming dream
and echo as they slam and bolt, and mockyour cache of ifs till you can’t even cope
with whens, your self of steam
is there to lift your heart and gropethrough silty, disbelief-encrusted mire
and, loosening your fibers, ream
the long-clogged conduits of pure desire.Open your windows, let in the mists
of uncertainty. Unbend the beam
of light of all you know of what exists,bemused, unpent, bestride your self of steam!

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J. Allyn Rosser’s collection of poems, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She teaches at Ohio University.

The Hudson Review

Winter 2018

New York, New York

Editor: Paula Deitz
Founding Editor: Frederick Morgan (1922-2004)
Managing Editor: Ronald Koury
Associate Editor: Zachary Wood

==Founded in 1948, The Hudson Review is a quarterly magazine of literature and the arts published in New York City. Frederick Morgan, one of its founding editors, edited the magazine for its first fifty years. Paula Deitz has been the editor since

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