A Poetry Syllabus
{An Umbrella Special Feature}

Carolee Sherwood

is a poet and artist living in Upstate New York.

Several of her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in online and print journals, including Literary Mama, Qarrtsiluni, Ouroboros Review, Awakenings Review and Ballard Street Poetry Journal.

She recently completed her first manuscript, My Spirit Kamikaze.

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Word Problems The universe’s most impossible questions

If train A leaves the station
traveling east at 92 mph
and train B leaves a different station
traveling west at 79 mph:
What time is it when they meet
in heaven?

Sam’s mom is baking cupcakes
for a party at school. There are
three more girls than boys
in the class, and Sam’s friend Joe
will sneak two extra treats
when no one’s watching.
How many cupcakes are there
orbiting Jupiter?

I embark on a world tour,
planning four-day stays
in each of five cities: Tokyo,
Sydney, Venice, Lima and Santa Fe.
How far will I travel
before I find what I’m seeking?

Bonus question:
What is the sum?