Green Hills Literary Lantern



Earthquake Weather



In the place where we were half-right,

Pickups wore jackets of mist.

The oily smell of the refinery festered

like a boil on the neck of town.


In the place where we were half-right,

houses were made of sleet;

vine climbed the spines of chimneys.


We planted our hopes and dreams

in the back yard, like squirrels who hide

nuts and seeds, only to forget

where they buried them.


Sleep rained down every Christmas

Eve. Perhaps a murmur can be heard

where our tool shed used to stand.



Joey Nicoletti is the author of the poetry collections Borrowed Dust (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Earthquake Weather (NightBallet, 2012), and Cannoli Gangster, which was selected as a finalist for the Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize by Denise Duhamel (Word Tech, September 2012). His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Waccamaw, Aethlon, Tulane Review, and Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems. A graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College MFA program, the University of Iowa, and New Mexico State University, he is a former poetry editor of Puerto del Sol and currently teaches creative writing and English literature at Niagara University. Feel free to contact him and read some of his other work at