W.S. Di Piero’s poems in the October 2009 issue are among the very few to stick with me in my reading of contemporary poetry. “The Ash Bringer” will haunt my mind for a very long time.
Kudos also to Kevin Young for “The Mission.” The following lines should be the envy of any poet wanting to display wisdom:
I have come to know
but verb, something
that, unlike living,
by doing right
you do less of.
However, I must quibble about one item: why the use of the ampersand in this poem? It adds nothing and, amid the gentle power of Young’s lines, is irritating.