Originally from the flatlands of central Illinois, Justin Hamm now lives near Twain territory in Missouri. He is the founding editor of the museum of americana and the author of American Ephemeral and Lessons in Ruin, as well as two poetry chapbooks. His poems, stories, photos, and reviews have appeared in Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Sugar House Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and a host of other publications. Recent work has also been selected for New Poetry from the Midwest (2014, New American Press) and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize from the St. Louis Poetry Center.

Justin Hamm

First Lesson in The Dead

— The Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM Wide blue sombrero haloing grim and fleshless grin while slim skeleton fingers survey fret and string. Across the wide aisle carved angels ascend like mariposas, like butterflies, on pretty painted wings. My preschool daughter simply does not care, only moves her ear closer, as if trying to hear what words the tiny bone man sings.

Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published monthly by Glass Poetry Press.
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