James Haug’s newest collection Riverain has just appeared from Oberlin College Press in the FIELD Poetry Series. His other books include Legend of the Recent Past, Walking Liberty, and The Stolen Car. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Qi Yue Ye Zi
Born in 1970s, Qi yue Yezi is a bilingual poet, writer and translator. She is the director of World Federation of Youth Literary Arts, a member of Translators Association of China and a member of ShaanXi Writers Association. Her Chinese and English works have won numerous awards. She has published works in the major journals, including Workers' Daily, Journal Of Selected Poems, Poetry Tide. She is the author of book of poetry The Bright Morning Star, bilingual book of poetry The Spring Apple, and two translated works Seeking and The Last Pilgrim.
Nothing else is here,
this must be you
feeling like a trick doorknob,
one that won’t open anything.
If someone knocks in your sleep,
dream the lean wolves
from hills of glass,
oh lonely, their teeth
the tiny bones of your ear:
A chipmunk suns on a cinderblock
An oily green
Dragonfly slinks above the unruffled
Swimming pool a redwing
Blackbird pauses on an Adirondack chair
With an eye fixed
On the motorboat gasping in the lake
A flock of western clouds shoved
By the jetstream assembles like perfect
Strangers elbowing each other in a vaulted
Public room like the old Penn Station
When everyone wore a hat
I was at the hardware store early.
Basements were flooding all over town.
A handyman I knew had a new little
White beard. I heard a flute playing
Elsewhere in the store, or someone
Blowing on a pipe. Men had gathered
In plumbing. We all knew levels were
Rising. There was not a minute to lose,
Except the one set aside for civilities.
People are kindest in hardware stores.