The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Kevin McCarthy: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Kevin McCarthy (USA)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 47 





Piano Fingers


My mother held up

her hands, stiffly


   The piano teacher

   always said I had

   the fingers


Her bully aunt had

the lessons, paid for

by a train engineer


Had exchanged one leg

for facility with the

throaty tool of song


A bargain, my mother

implied, at least for

one with the fingers,

the eager reach

About the Poet

Kevin McCarthy is a Colorado poet, dramatist, essayist, and geologist. His poetry has appeared in various literary journals, including NEAT, COMMON GROUND REVIEW, and SOUTHWESTERN AMERICAN LITERATURE.  “Enough Sky” was commended in The Poetry Society's 2014 National Competition (UK) ( Please see for funny stories and other info.

Image: "Piano Keys" by Elliott Billings.