Friday Poetry with James Goertel

Friday Poetry with James Goertel

James Goertel presents poems from his second collection, With No Need for a Name, in a continuing series for Yareah Magazine at both his Tuesday and Friday poetry features. All 100 are untitled and will be presented in order.

Full Moon. Poetry.  Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. (Oct. 27, 2004)

Full Moon. Poetry. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. (Oct. 27, 2004)

I stand in the long light of almost-spring and watch
a cloud of blackbirds’ sporadic shift across the building
but soon fading glimmer of a sinking sun’s low glow
wrapping bare branches. All unnatural sound is unwelcome,
is profane against this canvas that will never paint itself
the same again. In the time between inhale and exhale
a fog rolls in over the lake, hiding it and a sunset
now holding its halcyon breath behind this brume
painted by the ephemeral black brush strokes of a bird cloud.


James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


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Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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