The last cicadas thump and buzz like a souped-up Cadillac.
They really are the most beautiful plague. I too hum among their
windowpane wings, veined like lace on whirring blades.
Sugar skulls commence their séance, flicker pigments in candied ambiance.
The desert’s hot verve vacillates at the last lurch of summer,
oases wavering in their distant trick I fall for again and again.
About the author…
Genevieve Betts is the author of the poetry collection An Unwalled City (Prolific Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in The Tishman Review, New Mexico Review, Hotel Amerika, The Literary Review, and in other journals and anthologies. She teaches creative writing for Arcadia University’s low-residency MFA program and lives in Santa Fe.