Poems of the Week

News of the Reek

by Alex Steelsmith

“Kentucky officials on Friday warned motorists to avoid a portion of U.S. Highway 62 where chicken offal
spilled along the roadway. … ‘To avoid the smell and getting chicken waste on your vehicle, you should avoid this area’…”

Quickeny sickeny,
sun on the thoroughfare
foments the rise of the
nasal offense;

thermally catalyzed
waste decomposes, which
only makes scents.