Catherine Zickgraf

Catherine Zickgraf main jobs are to hang out with her family and write poetry. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Pank, Victorian Violet PressandThe Grief Diaries. Her recent chapbook, Soul Full of Eye, is published through Aldrich Press.

Tall Tale of a Meltdown



Crows step through the wreckage

in a land where dark clouds

forced the inhabitants away.

A regular day lies frozen in fear

from thirty-some years ago.


Rusted cribs stand against peeling paint.

Stirrups of birthing chairs sprawl on the street.

A doll missing legs lost its fleeing child,

and weeds are consuming the buildings.


So the town escaped this Soviet bastion,

where brush grows over a meltdown in time.  

The reactor even scared off their ghosts

when they fled from the acid rain.