Ron Riekki




Panic Attacks


They’re like swallowing rust.

The tongue tries to be a shield,


but the bed explodes.  The best

bet is avoiding the avalanche


of thought by forcing a monk

mind set or—what I do—just


jumping off the cliff so I fall

sixty stories into something


that never seems to kill me.

Thank God . . . and all else.




Ron Riekki‘s books include U.P.: a novel, The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book), and

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