David Anthony Sam has four collections and his poetry has appeared in over 60 journals and publications. His chapbook Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of GFT Press Chapbook Contest and his collection All Night Over Bones was an honorable mention in Homebound Poetry's 2016 contest. Sam was the featured poet in the 2016 Hurricane Review and the inaugural issue of Light: A Journal of Photography and Poetry. Sam lives in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda.
This is that long night of November
when the touch chills to mist,
and the windows fog over,
and streets whisk wet as tires
spin in the darkness and on asphalt.
This is that naked night when
trees have stripped themselves
for winter, and their dry brown clutter
assembles in random piles to gleam
in streetlight dampness after dark.
It is not the longest night this year,
but longer, presaging all the dying
yet to come. It is not the darkest night,
but darker still, because the eye
still sees, anticipating blindness.
This is the long November night
which must be worn in the hair,
on the cheeks, in the breath itself —
worn and remembered until memory
itself grays into silent morning wind.
Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published monthly by Glass Poetry Press.
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