The McKinley Review Magazine


By: Robert Penick | Posted on: Spring 2020

The circus girl
removed her
dark wooden leg
and climbed up
the narrow ladder
to a dime-shaped
platform near
the canvas sky
and teetered briefly
while we all
held our joy

The poetry and prose of Robert L. Penick has appeared in over 100 different literary journals, including The Hudson Review, North American Review, and The California Quarterly. In 2018, his Exit, Stage Left won the Slipstream Press chapbook contest.  More of his work can be found at