O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry


September 12, 2019

If at times your world seems flat and uninteresting, I recommend making a cardboard viewfinder with a postage-stamp sized window. Then look at what's around you through that. I think you'll be pleased and surprised by how much you can see when the rest is pushed outside of the frame. This poem is from my book Kindest Regards, published by Copper Canyon Press.

Passing Through

I had driven into one side of a city,

and through it, and was on the way out

on a four-lane, caught up in the traffic,

when I happened to glance to my right

where a man stood alone smoking,

fixed in the shade of a win...

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