J. R. Solonche
I’m professor Emeritus of English at SUNY Orange. I live in the Hudson Valley. I’ve published six poetry collections as well as extensively in magazines and anthologies.
THE PERFECT POEM
The perfect poem is not square,
although I used to think the perfect poem
would have to be square.
I probably thought that the perfect would have
to be square because I read a lot of sonnets when I was young,
which, you know, sort of look like squares.
Now I know the perfect poem is not square.
Now I know the perfect poem is a sphere.
Now I know the perfect poem is the shape of the earth
or of any other body in space whose core is molten iron.
©2018 J. R. Solonche
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