Christopher Merrill Poems
- A Boy Juggling A Soccer Ball after practice: right foot to ...
- Coordinates A map on which the names have been erased, A ...
- Ghazal There’s no sugar in the Promised Land. Swear by the...
- Poem Ending With A Line By Geo...
- Lines On The Death Of Ingmar B... A woman sketching, a man...
- Without On the first day the goat climbed to the top branch ...
- The Petitions The edifice was complete—the signatures, secret...
Christopher Merrill is an American poet, essayist, journalist and translator. Currently, he serves as director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He led the initiative that resulted in the selection of Iowa City as a UNESCO City of Literature, a part of the Creative Cities Network. In 2011, he was appointed to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
Life and career
He was educated at Middlebury College and the University of Washington. He has published four collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has also published translations, ... more »
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A Boy Juggling A Soccer Ball
after practice: right foot
to left foot, stepping forward and back,
to right foot and left foot,
and left foot up to his thigh, holding
it on his thigh as he twists
around in a circle, until it rolls
down the inside of his leg,
like a tickle of sweat, not catching
and tapping on the soft
side of his foot, and juggling
once, twice, three times,
hopping on one foot like a jump-roper
in the gym, now trapping
and holding the ball in midair,
balancing it on the instep
of his weak left foot, stepping forward
and forward and back, ...