By Jonathan Galassi b. 1949 Jonathan Galassi
The backyard apple tree gets sad so soon,   
takes on a used-up, feather-duster look   
within a week.

The ivy’s spring reconnaissance campaign   
sends red feelers out and up and down   
to find the sun.

Ivy from last summer clogs the pool,   
brewing a loamy, wormy, tea-leaf mulch   
soft to the touch

and rank with interface of rut and rot.
The month after the month they say is cruel   
is and is not.

Jonathan Galassi, “May” from North Street and Other Poems (New York: HarperCollins, 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Jonathan Galassi. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: North Street and Other Poems (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 2000 2001)

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Poet Jonathan Galassi b. 1949

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Nature, Spring, Trees & Flowers, Landscapes & Pastorals

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Jonathan Galassi is the author of two volumes of poetry, Morning Run (1998) and North Street (2000), and the novel Muse (2015). Galassi is also an eminent translator of Italian poetry. He has spent over 25 years studying Eugenio Montale’s poetry and has published several collections of Montale’s work, including Eugenio Montale: The Second Life of Art: Selected Essays (1982) and Collected Poems 1920–1954 (1998). Reviewing . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Spring, Trees & Flowers, Landscapes & Pastorals

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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