I live in Tucson with my wife Jane, a watercolorist. Our son Chris writes for screen in L.A. My more recent work has appeared in Ekphrastic Review, Juniper, (Toronto,) New Oxford Review, North American Review, Verse Daily,Innisfree Poetry Journal, and others. My most recent collections are Transversales (BlazeVOX, 2013,) Selected Poems (FutureCycle, 2016,) from which The Poetry Foundation selected several for its online archives. I enjoy writing articles and reviews and these may be found in Jacket2, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, NAR, The Kenyon Review, C. V. Mosby, Times-Mirror, and Allyn & Bacon Composition Series.
A wild thing in an unwanted place,
Crabgrass, dandelion, rag weed,
party crashers choking gardens,
unnecessary as too many diacritical marks,
or poets who carry
the history of the human heart.
-originally published in Eunoia Review
Walls cover the earth
like snakes, old walls, new walls,
walls to separate livestock, people,
countries, & all, all are defeated
by tunnel or shovel, or time;
Hadrian’s wall, the Berlin wall,
those in ruin or those still standing
waiting to fall, fall by abandonment,
by rain & hard weather, by everything
that did not make them.
© 2018 Michael Gessner
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