New Poem in Poet Lore

by jtandon

10812The new issue of Poet Lore is out with poems by Sherod Santos, Philip Fried, Martha Collins, Tom Chandler, John Bargowski, Todd Davis, Xue Di, Colette Inez, Greg McBride, and a portfolio by Burmese poet U Tin Moe (introduced by Christopher Merrill).

My thanks to the editors for including my poem “The Actual World.” Here is the first stanza:


The Actual World


                                    for Jane Kenyon


After a week’s worth of rain

I pull dandelions from the yard,

wedge the taproots with a sturdy prong

until they slide from the earth

like fish bones tweezed from flesh.