Two Poems

Poetry / Derek Annis

:: Damages ::




:: Manifest ::






From the writer

:: Account ::

I live in Spokane, Washington, where I was born and raised. Spokane is the second largest city in Washington State. It’s surrounded by pine forest. There is a spectacular waterfall right in the center of the city. There is a fairly small downtown area with a handful of skyscrapers, two hospitals, a mall, and a movie theatre. It has many problems, including crime and homelessness, but it is an exceedingly pleasant place to live. It’s one of the few places in the US where the minimum wage is a living wage for a single person. There are four reputable colleges and universities here. The literary scene is thriving, as is the rest of the arts community. It is also home to a group of ravenous developers who would like to turn Spokane into a stereotypical big city. This group favors economy over ecology. They favor large corporations over local business. They run campaigns against increased funding for public transportation because those who use it are undesirable to people of higher socioeconomic standing. They oppose any legislation that would give residents the power to decide which businesses can operate in their city. And they are getting what they want. I didn’t sit down to write about these developers or their environmental impact, but I think that both “Manifest” and “Damages” came from my fear over what I see these developers doing to the city I love.


Derek Annis is a graduate of the MFA at EWU. During his time at Eastern Washington University, he was the assistant poetry editor for Willow Springs. He was a finalist for the 2016 MBF emerging writers contest, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Missouri Review: Poem of the Week, Crab Creek Review, Fugue, and The Meadow, among others.