David Bergman is the author of four books of poetry, the latest is Fortunate Light (2013). He is the editor of Gay American Autobiography and John Ashbery's Reported Sightings. He teaches at Towson University.
excerpt from the poem
words come more slowly
as if from a far off country.
When they arrive between my lips,
they seem uncertain how they got there
or how long it took them to arrive.
They speak with funny accents,