Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Poems: "March" -- by Richard Kenney

Sky a shook poncho.
Roof wrung. Mind a luna moth
Caught in a banjo.

This weather’s witty
Peek-a-boo. A study in

Blues! Blooms! The yodel
Of   the chimney in night wind.
That flat daffodil.

With absurd hauteur
New tulips dab their shadows
In water-mutter.

Boys are such oxen.
Girls! — sepal-shudder, shadow-
Waver. Equinox.

Plums on the Quad did
Blossom all at once, taking
Down the power grid.

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Richard Kenney is the author of three previous books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless Bird (1984), which received the Yale Younger Poets Prize, Orrery (1985), and The Invention of the Zero (1993). In 1987 he received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.

His most recent publication, One-Strand River: Poems1994-2007, was released after a 14-year hiatus from publishing. He is currently professor of English at the University of Washington and lives with his family in Port Townsend, Washington.

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