Dora J. Odarenko, a teacher and pastor, now lives in Pittsburgh. She holds degrees from Barnard, Columbia, and Yale; her teaching has ranged from Harlem, NY, to Sarah Lawrence. She has published in blogs and journals and is a member of several writing groups. Her poems are on-going conversations with her neighborhood, her memories, the natural world, and with those striving for earth preservation and justice.

Freight: Passing Through

I resonate over banks of the Ohio cense with soot the river straitjacketed  between walls built for restraint. I cast my voice out over Neville Island intertwine with suspect air. In haste and power I slice with authority  the boredom of the highway,  its hum a faucet left unchecked. A presence inescapable,  I penetrate the …

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