Slant Stock-Still




The longest night drives and drives the threadbare interstate.

The longest night won’t look you in the eye.

The longest night once made it to a fifty-day chip.

The longest night bucked every rider off within a second.

The longest night signs postcards with its given name.

The longest night put some English on the eight ball.

The longest night has family still in Tennessee.

The longest night saves pocket-heavy change for washing clothes.

The longest night played drums in the band and sang bad.

The longest night found a three-legged stray and called her Miss Honeypaw.

The longest night put chemo money on the welterweight fight.

The longest night brought enough hail for a crop damage claim.

The longest night prays only out of fear.

The longest night stayed away so long you forgot.

The longest night bathes the twins and brushes out their tenderness.

The longest night runs aground in the drought.

The longest night grazes the back of your salty neck with shallow breath.

The longest night runs hot-blooded even now.

The longest night ate redeye gravy in the morning.

The longest night said you could come along for a while for the ride.

The longest night was gone before it left.








Alicia Mountain’s debut collection, High Ground Coward (Iowa 2018), won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the also of Four in Hand (BOA Editions, forthcoming Spring 2023) and the digital chapbook, Thin Fire (BOAAT Press). Mountain was a Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver and is the 2020-21 Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a lesbian poet, based in New York City.