Vox Populi

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Sam Hamill: Three Poems

Septuagenarian

Sitting alone

in late summer twilight

sipping cold sake

 

reading

the obituaries of my friends

.

To Margaret, the Librarian

It was a librarian

who first showed me

how to properly

 

open a book.

The rest

 

is all my fault.

.

The Oracle

Only the fish who leaps
sees the moon on the water.


 

Copyright 2018 The Estate of Sam Hamill. From After Morning Rain published by Tiger Bark Press. Included in Vox Populi by permission of the publisher.

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Sam Hamill (1943-2018) grew up on a Utah farm. He was Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and served as Editor there for thirty-two years. He taught in artist-in-residency programs in schools and prisons and worked with Domestic Violence programs. He directed the Port Townsend Writers Conference for nine years, and in 2003, founded Poets Against the War. He is the author of more than forty books, including celebrated translations from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Latin. (photo: Ian Boyden)

One comment on “Sam Hamill: Three Poems

  1. Tricia Knoll
    July 19, 2018

    One wouldn’t have to be a septuagenarium to love these, but as I am, I doubly love them. Thank you for offering them to us.

    Liked by 1 person

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