Neil Aitken is the author of Babbage’s Dream (Sundress Publications, 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga Press, 2008), winner of the Philip Levine Prize. The founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, a former computer games programmer, and a past Kundiman poetry fellow, he is also co-directs De-Canon: A Library and presently serves as the Writer-in-Residence for the Regina Public Library. Visit him online at neil-aitken.com.
I don’t recall what we did that summer,
other than carry ourselves from place
to place with the memory of my father
rattling about in my heart grown empty,
like an old house forgotten in the prairie,
just a shell exposed to the wind and storms.