WATERMELON MEN
Rick McMonagle

Two hands
drove the dusty
pickup truck
to the corner
of the pasture,
opened the tailgate
and rolled out
round green striped
watermelons
for the brown
Longhorns
to gore, gush
and multiply.






Rick McMonagle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poetry lineage includes a Calabrian great-uncle, Francesco Capilupi, who fell in love, left the priesthood, emigrated to NYC and wrote poems; John Haag, his first poetry teacher at Penn State and who was a student of Theodore Roethke; and Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman at Naropa University where he received a Poetics Certificate. He is the author of five books of poetry: Light Tips, Moorish Journal (1984), Spencer Butte Meditations, MAXed OUT: Portland Transit Poems, and Moorish Journal (2019). He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.





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