Joanne Monte Poems
- River The river below us: nitrogen, phosphorous, ...
- Displacement Entering the garden, I notice the ...
- Eight-Fifteen (a.m.) the city was split by ...
- At A Sidewalk Cafe An ordinary morning― awakening to ...
- 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 author of a highly acclaimed Korean War novel, " The Day to Eternity" . She is also the recipient of the 2012 Bordighera Poetry Book Award for " The Blue Light of Dawn." Many of her poems have been published in literary journals which includes Poet Lore, The Raintown Review, Ancient Paths Literary Review, and many others.
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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