First to Arrive Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center/Bloomington, IN by Roger Pfingston First to arrive, he sits listening to the building, the irregular ticks and hums, the occasional snap like something contracting under winter’s grip on this June night. It feels good, this aloneness with warped wood floors, limestone walls. He begins to take on a kind of ownership, as if he could be where he wants when he wants in this building, huge with friendly indifference, letting him sit and be at the top of the stairs, no voice but his outside the dark room that becomes whatever others need it to be, Terpsichore being tonight’s honored guest. Bio : A retired teacher of English and photography, Roger Pfingston is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards. He has poems in recent issues of Poet Lore, Spoon River Poetry Review, Innisfree P
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