Joanne Monte Poems
- River The river below us: nitrogen, phosphorous, ...
- Eight-Fifteen (a.m.) the city was split by ...
- At A Sidewalk Cafe An ordinary morning― awakening to ...
- Displacement Entering the garden, I notice the ...
- Letters From Women Given Up Fo...
- The Dark Secret Borne in a village soldiers have hunted, ...
- The Betrayal Today the drapes, for once, have been drawn ...
Joanne Monte is the recipient of the 2012 Bordighera Poetry Book Award for 'The Blue Light of Dawn, ' her most recent publication to date. She is also the author of the Korean War novel, 'The Day to Eternity.' She has had her poems published in many literary journals including Poet Lore, The Raintown Review, Cerberus, Ancient Paths Literary Review, Poet, and others. She is the recipient of ... more »
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The river below us:
nitrogen, phosphorous, petrochemicals,
dioxin from the paper mills,
a rich buffet of metals digested
from the mines, and still we remain
oblivious to its symptoms
until a skull-and-crossbones sign warns
of the poisons that run the course
of its slim body, writhing like a patient
on a gurney, admitted for treatment;
warns too, of its offspring
in the waiting room: soft-shell crabs, oysters,
the striped bass, the silk fillet,
and the trout we want to bring home
to the sizzle of butter and garlic