Writing the Distance: Summer Koester

The Covid 19 pandemic is isolating Alaskan writers. We can no longer attend workshops or public readings. The coffee bars where we met with other writers are closed. To bridge these physical gaps, 49 Writers is providing this on-line forum for Alaskans writing the distance. Summer Koester provides today’s poem and photograph.

More Cowbell

In diapers you would cause
and effect Easter eggs against rocks
just to hear the sound
of them break

Your coyote mind
to shatter curious glass
oceans with a stone’s

Even now you test
my calm to prove
that love is stronger
than your rollercoaster.

I could harness time
drive my car slower than an OG,
hibernate, close my eyes
& let the wind swallow me whole

but nope.

The chiller I zen,
the louder you cowbell.


Summer Koester lives in Juneau and is learning how to teach Spanish to middle schoolers over a digital platform while trying to figure out how to homeschool her own children. She’s basically given up on the latter, and has opted for nature schooling instead.

Scroll to Top