Reginald Shepherd

(April 10, 1963 – September 10, 2008 / New York City)

Reginald Shepherd Poems

1. Hesitation Theory 1/13/2012
2. You Also, Nightingale 1/13/2012
3. Roman Year 1/13/2012
4. Until She Returns 1/13/2012
5. Syntax 1/13/2012
6. A Muse 1/13/2012
7. You, Therefore 1/13/2012
8. My Mother Was No White Dove 1/13/2012
9. Apollo On What The Boy Gave 1/13/2003
10. Park Apocrypha 1/13/2003
11. Solstice As Demon Lover 1/13/2003
12. How People Disappear 1/13/2003
13. Homeric Interim 1/13/2003
14. Kinds Of Camouflage 1/13/2012
15. Manifest 1/13/2012
16. Skin Trade 1/13/2003
17. Occurrences Across The Chromatic Scale 1/13/2012
18. If Orpheus Were Honest With Her 1/13/2012
19. God-With-Us 1/13/2012
20. Orpheus Plays The Bronx 1/13/2003
21. Blue 1/13/2003
22. Drawing From Life 1/13/2012
23. Iconography Says 1/13/2003
24. Michael Who Walks By Night 1/13/2003
25. Motive 1/13/2003
26. Even This 1/13/2003
27. Eros In His Striped Blue Shirt 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Reginald Shepherd

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 ...

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How People Disappear

If this world were mine, the stereo
starts, but can't begin
to finish the phrase. I might survive
it, someone could add, but that
someone's not here. She's crowned
with laurel leaves, the place
where laurel leaves would be
if there were leaves, she's not
medieval Florence, not

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