La Frontera

curvature of the earth
visible both
day and night

a scoliosis
over the time zone

a sudden division:
the bad news I hear
of the turn
you’ve taken

border between the living and the dead
between Wendover, Utah
and West Wendover, Nevada

Miriam Sagan is the author of twenty-five books, including the poetry collection Map of the Post (University of New Mexico Press). She founded and directs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. Her blog is Miriam’s Well ( In 2010, she won the Santa Fe Mayor’s award for Excellence in the Arts.