Michael Chitwood is a lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill. His work as a writer has been widely published in poetry journals, books, and anthologies. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review and Southern Review, among other literary magazines. Chitwood is the author of 3 chapbooks and 9 books of poetry. His books, Spill and Gospel Road Going, received the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry given by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. His latest book, Clamor, is forthcoming this year from Tupelo Press.
Small Town, Sunday Morning
God will busy the streets soon.
But for now the stop lights wink
at no traffic.
No one is cautioned.
The hardware is dim,
shovels at attention like a squad of soldiers.
keeps making the turns,
right at the insurance office,
left on Pine.