April Salzano


From Autism This Failure


to understand abstract concepts. Love

should teach me how to teach you. I can’t

find a point of entry into your world, locked

rooms of loud lights, bright sounds that hurt

and excite at the same mind-rocking pace.

Nuances must be memorized, categorized,

using a code no one can crack. I have

come close for the briefest fractions before

falling behind as shapes and boundaries

shift and take flight. I cannot

keep up, fall short, remain firmly rooted

in meanings that mean nothing to you.



April Salzano teaches college writing in Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband and two sons. Her work has appeared in Poetry Salzburg, Convergence, Ascent Aspirations, The Camel Saloon, Blue Stem, and Rattle, as well as other online and print journals. She serves as co-editor at Kind of a Hurricane Press.

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