Nebraska

By Seth Abramson Seth Abramson
1981,   
                  &  for three days in Nebraska
penny loafers are the talk, the thirties sensation
all over again in one-light towns.
          Three days in Nebraska,
&  a hundred calves come out bloody &   new
          as Wahoo &  Alma &  Dunning hum

&  glow, turned liked searchlights into
Colorado, where everyone’s already wearing
          their lucky shoes.
It takes just one look at a boy from Ansley—
there is love &  there is money
          &  there is everything in between,
             touched by both—
one look at the packs approaching the drag
in Imperial,
as first &  second boy say hey & hey to third
&  fourth—

          Three days in Nebraska,
          &  the bigger
the sentiment, the harder it falls, &    all over
the dreams of the pretty
          end somewhere in New York City,
but just this one time,
                                  just these three days   
in Nebraska, the boys are clicking their boots
&  singing
          I wish I was here in Nebraska

Source: Poetry (May 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the May 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

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Biography

Seth Abramson is the author of The Suburban Ecstasies (Ghost Road Press, 2009). In 2008 he was awarded the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize by Poetry. A former public defender, he currently attends the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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SUBJECT Living, Coming of Age, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

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