Candice Kelsey
Airport Pickup
When you texted you’d missed your flight from Vegas to my arms I went to the only place I could the library who turns no one away and checked out a stack of friends new and old to hold my hands fill my cupboards my freezer mostly to strap into the other seat while I speed the Pacific Coast Highway just Mary Oliver Saeed Jones Cisneros with her turquoise bracelets raised left eyebrow (nothing like you) and me: sunlit and satisfied.

Candice Kelsey’s work has appeared in such journals as Poet Lore, The Cortland Review, and North Dakota Quarterly. She published a successful trade paperback with Da Capo Press, was a finalist for Poetry Quarterly’s Rebecca Lard Award, and recently was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. An educator of 20 years’ standing with her MA in literature from LMU, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

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