Jesse Owens

Was born running and never learned to walk. He was too fast for his father to see, but not so fast he could outrun his father’s hatred. As a boy he ran in place while taking math tests and then ran to ask a girl with pigtails to the prom. When they were married, he ran circles around her as she walked down the aisle. Jesse Owens ran on a boat sailing all the way to Germany where his father put medals around his neck to slow the boy down. It was years later, after he forgot how to run but learned how to die, that Jesse Owens stopped to think about why he ran. There was no one chasing him. Everyone was gone. He closed his eyes and took the freight elevator up to Arizona. The last thing he thought of was the people cheering and it made him feel sad forever. When he opened his eyes and took the freight elevator up to heaven, he asked God if he shouldn’t be somewhere else. God shrugged and pointed at Jesse Owen’s face on the mountain right next to God’s own. The worst part’s almost over, God said. He was lying.



















S p r i n g G u n P r e s s 2009




Alexis Orgera
Dear Polymath
Underwater Breathing Apparatus
Love Poem

Michael Flatt
The World of Darkness

Jordan Windholz
The Psalmist's Journal

Aaron Angello
The Rufus Poems

Stephen Graham Jones
The Wages: An Argument
In the Beginning

John Paul Stadler

Adam Petersen
Theodore Roosevelt
Jesse Owens

Andrew Farkas
On the Road to the Great City

Todd Seabrook
Lollipop Noose