Ron Riekki's books include U.P.: a novel, The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (a 2014 Michigan Notable Book), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-3479#.VKZ4kmTF-PU. His play “Carol” was included in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012 and his story "The Family Jewel" was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2015. The First Real Halloween was selected as best sci-fi/fantasy screenplay for the 2014 International Family Film Fest and his screenplays have been finalists for the Terror Film Fest, Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Marquee Lights Screenplay Competition, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest, and others.
The Buddhism Professor Explains
the desk is not a desk.
We have to understand
that there is a certain point
where desk-ness ceases.
I look at my hand
wondering how many molecules
I could take away
before my hand was considered gone.
Walking home, I see a homeless man
with one leg. I think of how much life
has to be taken away
for you to become an imaginary number.
After Making Love to Winter
I grew up in Detroit.
Although my cousin says I grew down
there, that the city nudges you towards
cemetery, as if the days are spent
pushing back eternal night. I remember
crouching behind a tire during a parking lot
gun fight. I didn’t have a gun,
so I never raised my body pretending
to be Jesus turning water
My God, It’s Full of Blood
for minimum wage
and writing poetry,
knowing that I
will probably die
as the man
we found last night
in a swamp
with his eyes