OR MY HEART IS A ROOMFUL OF GIRLS
chattering. They’ve been up all night,
dancing ‘til dawn. They could be heard
down the hallways, even the walls shook.
Later they gathered around to plan
their next outing. Who knows where?
Even tho’ they are their shadows
flitting on walls, they are
all about the future.
I don’t want them to leave.
Michael Gessner has authored 11 books of poetry and prose. From the most recent, (Selected Poems, FutureCycle Press, 2016,) The Poetry Foundation chose several for its online archives (2017). His latest publications include those in The American Journal of Poetry (forthcoming Jan., 2019,) Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Kenyon Review, New Oxford Review, and North American Review, (finalist for 2016 James Hearst Prize). His reviews appear regularly, and he is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.