Today I have Been Wishing I Was Other People

like Steve, who writes Riley Dog, probably the best blog ever because it really isn't a blog. Or David Wojahn, who has written a smart essay on Bob Dylan & the prospects for American political Poetry in The Writer's Chronicle. (Not available online, but worth the price of a subscription.) I wouldn't have minded being that American Redstart I saw in the pine tree this morning, either, but that's another kind of wishing.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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    I wish I could drive to Wisconsin
    all the way from the desert
    trillium in the woods and there’s
    a separate gray for each place
    the light of the woods is not
    I know you know the sea light
    the middle of the first week without
    frost the survivors are not the same
    the hepatica staggers the trees I
    planted as promised don’t have
    blossoms yet the first leaves lisp
    poetically that knife in the back
    of the forgotten comes back up
    from the ground in a green rush.

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