River Politics

By Adam Vines Adam Vines
I spit my smack,

Jim slugs his Jack,

Rob stews his lack,

Carey prepares his rack,

herons hunker on blowdowns,

deer wait on high moon for their rounds,

and the campfire

might as well be an empire

we all

watch dissolve

(in the slough, a carp roll, a splash)

into ash.

Source: Poetry (May 2012).


This poem originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

May 2012
 Adam  Vines


Adam Vines is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review, coauthor of According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015), and author of The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012). 

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