Isaac Ginsberg Miller

En Route to Santa Cruz

The car stalls out.
I gaze at the semiosis of crows
on and off the wires

slung over us,
beyond the shoulder of road
we've pushed to.

When our father returns
from his long walk
to the pay phone,

we roll our windows down.
He relays an exasperated
guess at the tow truck's arrival.

My brother sighs, and I turn
my head back to watch dark wings
melt into the boughs of dusk.

My mother mentions
her friend who lives nearby,
someone we might ask for help.

No. I don't want to call him,
my father declares.
We'll wait for the tow truck.

We sit in stillness
as the sun's path slouches
past the horizon, watching

families of crows assemble
and as if by mutual agreement,
scatter.

Author Portrait

Isaac Ginsberg Miller’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as The Collagist, Muzzle Magazine, Palimpsest: Yale Graduate Literary and Arts Magazine, Propter Nos, and Callaloo. Originally from Chico, CA, Isaac earned an MFA in poetry at NYU, where he was a Goldwater fellow. Additionally, he has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Blue Mountain Center, the Ragdale Foundation, and Can Serrat. He is currently a PhD student in African American Studies at Northwestern University, where he is also a member of the Poetry and Poetics Graduate Cluster.

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