Standing in Line at the V.A.
by Ron Riekki

we have to put our hands against a red line on the wall, a voice barking at my knees, we cannot take our hands off the red tape on the wall, this is Chicago, a city made of peonies, I meant a wall of pennies, I mean a penny-city, the one that MLK said was the most racist in the world, even more so than the south with its dollar-cities, with its slave-metropoles, its dancers starving for ones, its fluttering leaves of pain, and the man in front of me has no legs, his legs are storied somewhere, the prose-burial I cannot write

Diagnosed with ADD, Ron Riekki has published non-fiction, fiction, and poetry (or has it upcoming) in The Threepenny Review, River Teeth, Spillway, New Ohio Review, Shenandoah, Canary, Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, New Orleans Review, Little Patuxent Review, Wigleaf, Juked, Hyperlexia Journal, Kaleidoscope Magazine, and many other literary journals.
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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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