04/10/2013

All those fires
my father

kindled with
yesterday’s news

as I watched
the pages blacken

and flap, then
rise as crows.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:

This poem began as an image in a long sequence about my dad. The sequence never found its way into form, but the image kept calling to me. Eventually, I listened.

BIO:

Josh Booton is a graduate of The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded the 2011 Keene Prize for Literature, and was a finalist for the 2010 Missouri Review Editors’ Prize. My work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry Northwest, Iron Horse, Raleigh Review, Borderlands and elsewhere.
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