The Jesus Painting at my Grandma’s by Ron Riekki

used to scare the hell out of me,

the eyes like a quarterback,

and even the colors of the sky

behind Him seemed like they’d over-


dosed on ecstasy, and when I asked

my grandma why she had a cover

of Fangoria on her wall, she said,

“Everyone hears everything everyone thinks.”


Ron Riekki wrote U.P.: a novel and edited The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book), Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2016 Independent Publisher Book Award), and And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017 (Michigan State University Press, 2017).