The Abandoned Hotel

By Zachary Schomburg b. 1977 Zachary Schomburg
Inside the woods is an abandoned hotel.
Trees grow in the lobby
and up through the rooms.
Limbs jut out through the windows.
It looks like outside
inside.
 
I climb the trees
through 1000 rooms.
 
I look for you
in each of them.
 
You’re a long shiny line.

Zachary Schomburg, "The Abandoned Hotel" from Scary, No Scary. Copyright © 2009 by Zachary Schomburg.  Reprinted by permission of Black Ocean.

Source: Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean, 2009)

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Poet Zachary Schomburg b. 1977

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Living, The Mind, Love, Heartache & Loss, Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Design

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Poet and translator Zachary Schomburg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Iowa. He earned a BA from the College of the Ozarks and a PhD in creative writing-poetry from the University of Nebraska. His books of poetry include The Man Suit (2007), Scary, No Scary (2009), and Fjords vol 1 (2012). He has said of his work, which is known for its absurd, tender humor, “Mostly I want my poems to generate their own energy through . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Love, Heartache & Loss, Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Design

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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