Allyson Young


My first crush was on               light     but he was     never     long

I mooned over him          dying—

I had never been anywhere with a boy before             out at nighttime!

I wrote a list of the ones I wouldn’t mind going out with:

James Dean               and

Orlando Bloom.

We went to the country in one of those trucks with slatted wooden sides, filled with
matted hay     

it was a blast              in Vermont                    but it made my head go                    floaty

all this            

kissing                        my future!


ALLYSON YOUNG “is usually on her bicycle, except in the snow.” She is an MFA candidate at Syracuse University and Editor-in-Chief at Salt Hill. Her work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and fields.

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