A native of Johnstown, NY, I've lived in Ripon, WI for the past 28 years, where I teach literature and writing at Ripon College. I've published six collections of poetry, including Stutter Monkand Second Wind; I also co-edited (with Kate Sontag) the essay anthology After Confession: Poetry as Confession. Essays, reviews, and individual poems have appeared widely, both in print and online. In recent years I've spent nearly as much time on photography as poetry. A gallery of my work is online here: http://instagram.com/doctorjazz
Foggy Night Downtown
The black gleam of wet asphalt, each
streetlight haloed, each dark storefront
an unkept, unkeepable promise
in my recurring dream--I am walking
and walking as if back or forward
through my own years, and no shop
is open, no one else out this chilly
and blurred night, and all the addresses
above each door waver and fade to gray.
It's so late even the bars are closed.
The only music my own footsteps,
and their mist-muffled echoes against
downtown stone. I cannot remember
this corner or whether I've been here
before. Can't tell which street leads
home, which is why I walk and walk,
trying to look as if I know where I am
going, even though I never see a
single face in any of these windows
peering back at me, not even my own.
©2015 David Graham