Joanne Monte

Joanne Monte Poems

1. Carolyn In The Kitchen, Baking 2/9/2017
2. The Olive Tree 2/9/2017
3. The Moon Garden 2/9/2017
4. Every Night In December 2/9/2017
5. From A Photographer's War Journal 10/4/2006
6. Rings Of Passage 5/18/2012
7. When We Haven'T Said Goodbye 5/15/2012
8. The Hurricane 10/4/2006
9. The Light By Its Creation 4/29/2004
10. The Monument 5/21/2004
11. For The Woman In Quandary 4/24/2006
12. The Betrayal 3/13/2011
13. The Dark Secret Borne 6/17/2004
14. Letters From Women Given Up For Adoption At Birth 10/4/2006
15. Displacement 6/17/2004
16. At A Sidewalk Cafe 9/19/2004
17. Eight-Fifteen 5/31/2004
18. River 5/31/2004
Best Poem of Joanne Monte


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
and the...

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At A Sidewalk Cafe

An ordinary morning―
awakening to nothing but daylight
prodding through the eggshell-tinted blinds
and the warm quilts to be tossed back
in which sleepers all over the city
groan, burying themselves deeper
into the sheets of oblivion.

Downstairs, the sidewalk café beckons

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