Joanne Monte

Joanne Monte Poems

1. The Light By Its Creation 4/29/2004
2. The Monument 5/21/2004
3. Letters From Women Given Up For Adoption At Birth 10/4/2006
4. Rings Of Passage 5/18/2012
5. For The Woman In Quandary 4/24/2006
6. The Dark Secret Borne 6/17/2004
7. When We Haven'T Said Goodbye 5/15/2012
8. Eight-Fifteen 5/31/2004
9. From A Photographer's War Journal 10/4/2006
10. The Hurricane 10/4/2006
11. Displacement 6/17/2004
12. The Betrayal 3/13/2011
13. At A Sidewalk Cafe 9/19/2004
14. 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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