Editor: John Struloeff
Andrew Grace did his undergraduate work at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. His work has appeared in Poetry, Triquarterly, Boston Review, Poetry Daily, and The Iowa Review, among others. He was the winner of the Southern Poetry Review's Guy Owen Prize in 2003 and an Academy of American Poets Prize . He is currently a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University.
October full of dust, floating dimly then falling,
Its light seeped like dye into the cracked ground.
Children softly erupted as their fathers sat in tractors,
I was a child, among the rubble,
silos spilling bricks from the top down,
pickup trucks half-crushed and abandoned: convicts
The corn outgrew us, clogging our horizons
My father would come home so covered with dust
his eyes colored hollow with black marker.
tears running down our cheeks, mother walking in
I learned about disappearing
as the combine left its trail of crop-dust,
billowing into the remaining stalks;
of emptiness. I have always felt
that I have been spared somehow. At night,
to make sure our neighbors were still there,
the neighbor children had escaped with us, pale,
across their moon-filled yard. We would send them
From over here, you look like ghosts
(appeared in The Cortland Review)
Beginning with a line from Hopkins
Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, wherever an elm arches—
fish-tailing across the water hemp, suddenly keen, gunning for any heaven.
we must work fast: in a pond, somewhere, like a black pearl,
(appeared in the Crab Orchard Review)
At Chain of Rocks Canal
Sky’s first rung spreads morning’s zero draft—
Let them find me far from here.
I see the road descend.
(appeared in Cairn)
Citronella-reek in the stray dog necropolis, center chamber
Ring of silt, ring of ash, bones two feet below: what I caught a glimpse of
(appeared in Denver Quarterly)
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