Phillip Hua © 2016 All Rights Reserved

Neighborhood Border, Oakland

A private school
on the one corner,
a public school
on the other. The term for
each grouping of youth
is pool, as in talent
or labor. Catchment.

To reach the Office
of Enrollment, press four.
To reimagine,
hang up, forever.
Think of a river
instead. Of the current’s
pull. Of more.


Michael Jones
Copyright © 2016  

Michael Jones has taught in Oakland public schools since 1990. His work has appeared in DMQ Review and Beloit Poetry Journal, and has been reprinted in Southern Poetry Review’s special issue on poets of the West.

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