There was a man who leaned a ladder against a brick wall. It was the only wall for miles and miles. It was the only ladder for miles and miles. The afternoon wind, fierce, whistled through the aluminum rungs of the ladder, making a lovely sound that could be heard for miles and miles if there had been anyone else nearby to hear it. The man sat down under the ladder with his back against the wall.
Richard Garcia won the 2016 Press 53 award for his book of prose poems, Porridge, which was published in March of 2016. His book, The Other Odyssey, from Dream Horse Press, won the American Poetry Journal Book Award for 2014, and The Chair, from BOA, published in 2015, was chosen as the best poetry book of 2015 by the editor of Poetry Magazine. He lives in Charleston, S.C. and is on the staff of the Antioch Low Residency MFA in Los Angeles.
Photograph by Vivian Okubo.