Andrew Riutta



A.A. meeting


“You don’t have to believe in God,

just a higher power.”

So I sip black coffee and stare

out the window . . .

Only those weeds that are tallest 

are bent by the wind.

folded in prayer
my hands make
one big fist


Andrew Riutta was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He is a recent recipient of the William J. Shaw memorial prize for poetry, and in 2007, his first full-length poetry collection, Cigarette Butts and Lilacs, was published by Modern English Tanka Press. Along with H. Gene Murtha, he is co-editor of the new short poetry webzine, “Haikosis” http://haikosis.webnode.com/ Both he and his nine-year-old daughter, Issabella, enjoy eating pancakes and walking in cemeteries.