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(These are excerpts—click on the titles to view the complete poems)
— Word Poems
Poems containing the words nightfall, command, water, and spur.
There's sand in my ears, rotting sea kelp
wound through my forgotten hair.
Three Hellenic Sonnets
A wise king surely would have been aware
How battles bleed both families and states
The thin sweater smelled of Falstaff beer
And his breath of Prince Albert tobacco
I didn't know how to stop
or even if I knew how
if I'd want to.
A Week into the Fall
the snail heads resolutely back
over the rhythm of the terrain, reading
topography as only a snail can
After an early morning fire, the porch is a shipwreck,
crumbling dry bread. Smoke stains the house
like a daguerreotype.
Jennifer Van Orman Yurges
Five Stages of Grief
He handed my daughter Katie the leash
like a teacher handing back
a failed assignment.
Questing After the Color Blue
They set out on their separate paths,
one with a bucket, one with a cage
and the youngest empty-handed.