Spin Cycle, Cowley

Some desert John, locust-boned,

leans in the doorway,


chamber-eyed laundrette

behind, chewing over


the same thread husk.

He’s a coal


stoke taking a smoke

outside his engine, wisp in fist.

Stephanie Yorke’s first book was Both Boys Climb Trees They Can’t Climb Down. She is widely published in Canadian literary journals. Right now she is writing the words for an aria with opera composer Anna Krause.