John Poch is Professor of English at Texas Tech University. His fourth book, Fix Quiet, won the New Criterion Prize and will appear in Fall 2014.
When she holds me it is as if
she makes a bed with me in it.
Get down from off up on top of there,
and come on over to along about here.
Principles of Art History
I wouldn’t call it painterly, my wife,
yet you must have put your dress on with a knife.
I touch you and remember learning to read.
The pages turned from words into a need.
September and October
Your blue, of all the colors worn by waters, clothes the clear fall distilling in our daughters.