Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Cycling the Void

Rich Furman

Tan weeds           I never knew,
and drivers          equally foreign,
wave as I more amble then fly,
lacerate gravel-sand roads.

Cornfields          silos
fade into deep alone,
the Alone          the sting-burn
of hamstring          thighs.

Back at friend’s farmhouse          cool
strip down          lounge in sweat          salt,
phone message blares from kitchen
it's Dave from Funk’s Machine Shop,

your shaft is now fixed.
Clear, many have forgotten,
more than I ever will know.


Rich Furman, PhD, is an associate professor of social work at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. His poetry has been published in Hawai’i Review, The Evergreen Review, Black Bear Review, Red Rock Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Penn Review, Free Lunch, Colere, Pearl, The Journal of Poetry Therapy, Impetus, Poetry Motel and many others. He has performed his work throughout the United States, as well as in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Guatemala. His work has been described as “neither street nor beat nor meat nor academic, but an emotionally evocative mix of styles that can be brutally imagistic or powerfully terse.” His scholarly writing is concerned with social work ethics, international social work, friendship, qualitative methods, social work practice, and the uses of poetry in social work and research. He has published a workbook on group practice and over fifty academic articles. He currently coordinates the social work undergraduate program. He is working on a 203 bowling average, enjoys mountain biking, and single malt scotch. Mostly he just likes to live as fully as possible and mess with the poem. Snorting Dog Press published two of his chapbooks, of only average intent, 2002 and Gleaming and Faded, 2003. He also has an e-book on the Internet Poet’s Cooperative website. Legitimate Press recently released a CD of his and James L. Smith’s poetry. He is currently seeking a publisher for three full length manuscripts.

© Rich Furman

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