501 Valley Drive

in Poetry
By Penny Perry

for John

Chaste in our pajamas, we held each other in that knotty pine bedroom until our wedding in TJ.

Back in our bungalow on Valley Drive, after vows. Me, slipping out of my wool dress. Your skin, smelling of salt water and lime cologne, saving me.

HorseRaceMorning coffee, your Marlboros. Palm tree in a lumpy patio. We sat under the rusted umbrella. Your dark blue eyes matching the cotton of your shirt, the dark blue ink of your pen in your long tan fingers filling out the racing forms.

Horses galloping us out of our future


About Penny Perry

A three time Pushcart nominee, twice for poetry and once for fiction, my stories and poems have been widely published in literary magazines. Fiction Daily tagged my short story “Haunting the Alley,” published online in Literary Mama in August 2011.

My first collection of poetry, Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage, was published in 2012 by Garden Oak Press. The collection earned praise from Marge Piercy, Steve Kowit, Diane Wakoski, and Maria Gillan.

I was the fiction editor for Knot Literary Magazine, a Middle Eastern literary journal. I was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute, and my movie A Berkeley Christmas aired on PBS. And, I’ve just completed a novel about a school shooting.

I write under two names, Penny Perry and Kate Harding.

Photo credit: Antonio Rivera via a Creative Commons license