where it snows, you know how ugly it gets.
We plow virgin blankets of the pretty stuff
Our cars get dressed each day in skirts
We steer them obliviously
We wake naked
We indulge the slow traffic
We can't escape the beautiful stuff.
It's everywhere, serenaded
Mark Harrison moved from Sacramento, California to Central New York in the fall of 2000 to attend the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University. He says, "Before moving to Syracuse, snow was something I drove to to play in, not lived through to bitch about. The old apartment building I moved into, as it turned out, was infamous for its schizo heating. I froze, while the apartment kitty-corner to mine was so sweltering that the girl who lived there threw open her windows and strolled around in a half-shirt and thong all winter. Her apartment looked onto the building parking lot. She didn't care. Still, my first winter in Syracuse spawned shovels full of snowy irritations. 'If You've Ever Lived' is the first to see print." His other poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The American River Literary Review, Bloodstone, The California State Poetry Quarterly, Carriage House Review, The Seattle Review, and ¡Zambomba!