The Adirondack Review

The Deli Clerk

We go for a sub.
I watch the deli clerk

struggle to pull on
plastic gloves.

I want to say: don't
bother, but he is young

doesn't know
there was a time

we all used to touch
each other.




Peter Newton
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
PETER NEWTON is a stained glass artist in Winchendon, Massachusetts. His poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, The Berkshire Review and Prairie Schooner among others.  For the past twenty summers he has returned to the Green Mountains of Vermont where he is a front desk clerk at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.