by Hilary Sideris Hilary Sideris

Hilary Sideris' work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Bayou, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, The Evansville Review, Fourteen Hills, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Memoir, Quiddity, poemmemoirstory, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, Sugar House Review, Swink, Tar River Poetry, and Wild Violet, among others. She has been published in the anthologies Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek American Poetry, Token Entry: Poems of the NYC Subway, and Journey to Crone. She has published several chapbooks: The Orange Juice Is Over (2008), Gold & Other Fish (2012), and Sweet Flag (2013) from Finishing Line Press, Baby (2009) from Pudding House Press, and A House Not Made With Hands (2013) from Poets Wear Prada Press.
She grew up in Indiana and attended Indiana University. She received her MFA in poetry from The Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. She lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, and has worked for many years at The City University of New York, where she develops and coordinates programs for first-generation college students.

Hilary Sideris has a collection of poems based on Life, a memoir by Keith Richards.
"Called" is from that collection.

It doesn't come to you.
You go to fame. You
don't negotiate, you nod
your head, stick to the road
you're on. Sometimes you'd
like to exit, but you're
dazzled, stupefied, & under
contract to provide.
The great ones—Muddy,
Robert Johnson—sold
their solid-duty souls.
Why would the likes
of us not follow them
to the crossroads?

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