Driving home this afternoon listening to All Things Considered on our NPR station, sun shining all round me, the air conditioner in the car running, I heard the first frost warning of the year. Admittedly, it was for the "higher elevations," but still, even more than the turning leaves, a marker that summer is over. It will be in the 40s tonight.

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.