Derold Ernest Sligh

Derold Ernest Sligh lives in South Korea and was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He received an MFA from San Diego State University. He was the recipient of the J.L Carroll Arnett Creative Writing Award. His work has appeared in American Poetry Journal, Third Coast, Konundrum Engine, Catamaran Reader, and Saw Palm, among other publications.


I doubt these empty pockets
could produce a grave
or plot of land
or shovel—my fingers
cannot penetrate this
scorched, mountainous earth:
and always,
there is hunger.