Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), Heart Radicals (ELJ Editions, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra's poetry appears widely in Poet Lore, Blackbird, Subtropics, Ecotone, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at The Rumpus, Words Without Borders, Mid-American Review, Barrelhouse, and other venues. Sandy earned an MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from George Mason University and lives in the Chicagoland area.
after Allen Ginsberg
The river a skein of glass beside
the bench I've eyed for you
on this lit 50 degree day. I wait
to stroll through your Supermarket
again. I reach for the brilliant
stacks of cans but clutch
last year's wheat, roughing
its own skin. Instead
of neon fruit, naturalism,
in this lost America.
When I arrive on the bank and quit
my pole, I know I have
your whole poem. As the black waters
brim, I begin, "Where are we going?"
The trees add shade to shade.
We walk along, dear
Graybeard, and instead of Walt's
book, I touch your hand,
but you only look on.