Reginald Shepherd Poems
- Eros In His Striped Blue Shirt and green plaid shorts goes ...
- Even This At that time I didn't understand snow, the absence...
- Motive for Chris I'm a penny fallen from heaven's
- Iconography Says In that year I was perfect and in ...
- Michael Who Walks By Night For his sake drifting away from ...
- Drawing From Life Look: I am building absence out of this ...
- Blue See my colors fall apart? Green to yellow with just one...
an American poet, born in New York City and raised in the Bronx. He died of cancer in Penascola, Florida, in 2008.
Shepherd graduated from Bennington College in 1988, and received MFAs from Brown University and the University of Iowa, where he attended the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. He subsequently taught at Northern Illinois University and Cornell University. In his last year at the University of Iowa, he received the "Discovery" prize from the 92nd Street Y, and his first collection, Some Are Drowning (1994), was chosen by Carolyn Forché for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs' Award in Poetry.
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Eros In His Striped Blue Shirt
and green plaid shorts goes strolling
through Juneau Park at eight o’clock
with only a hooded yellow windbreaker
for protection, trawling the bushes after work
while tugboats crawl the dark freshwater
outlook. Mist coming in not even from a sea, rain
later in the evening from Lake Michigan, a promise
like wait till your father gets home. The air
is full of fog and botched seductions, reluctance
of early summer to arrive. It’s fifty-five degrees
in June, the bodies can barely be made out
leaning on picnic tables under trees or
set sentinel like ...