near Srebrenica, 1998

                                   It took dominion everywhere.
                                              Stevens, “Anecdote of the Jar”

A shoe stands
at the forest edge,

tongue depressed
with spectacles

and one gray sock.
It’s quiet now:

no more cries
and volleys.

A breeze ripples
the maple leaves,

cicadas chirr,
the sky’s bright blue—

all poised in place
around the shoe.


William Trowbridge

WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE'sseventh poetry collection, Vanishing Point, was published by Red Hen Press in April, 2017. His eighth, a greatlyexpanded collection of the poems that came out in the 2016 Red Hen graphic chapbook Oldguy : Superhero, will be out in September. He is a faculty mentor in the University of Nebraska Omaha Low-residency MFA in Writing Program and was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2016.

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