Austin Segrest is a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He teaches poetry at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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Across the Street
I ran across the street, I didn’t know any better.
Ran out in the street, I didn’t know no better.
I just knew a woman was there, though I’d never met her.
She sat me in her parlor, distracted me with trinkets,