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  Open Reading
Shattuck Avenue Bakery 

The new manager is atwitter
with reminders
to exercise caution
going down the back stairs
to the bathroom in the corner
of the working bakery
that turns out
10,000 croissants a day
and gallons of coffee
for the free refills.
The chest beneath
the Yale sweatshirt
decompresses
when he is assured
that the customers don’t bite
or slide down banisters.
This blessing and this curse:
May your house be filled
with poets
with their large hungers
and lean purses.


Author Bio: Trina Gaynon, a graduate of the writing program at University of San Francisco, currently lives in Southern California, has poems in the anthologies Saint Peter’s B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints, Obsession: Sestinas for the 21st Century, A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, PhoenixRising from the Ashes: Anthology of Sonnets of the Early Third Millennium, Bombshells, and Knocking at the Door, as well as numerous journals including Natural Bridge, Reed and the final issue of Runes. Her chapbook, An Alphabet of Romance, is available from Finishing Line Press. Southern California Miles: Trina Gaynon

Artwork: M.L. Bain