Howard Winn – When the Poet Dies

winnnHoward Winn’s  writing, both fiction and poetry, has been published by such journals as Dalhousie Review, Descant (Canada), Break The Spine, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, New York Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Raven Chronicles, Borderlands, Beloit Poetry Review, Xavier Review and Toyon. He is presently  working on a novel dealing with Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.”  His B. A. is from Vassar College. He also has studied as an undergraduate with A. B. Guthrie, Jr. and John Ciardi at Middlebury College. Winters. He has done additional graduate work at the University of California San Francisco.  His doctoral work was done at N. Y. U. He has been a social worker in California and currently is a faculty member of SUNY as Professor of English.

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IN MEMORY OF SEAMUS HEANEY

WHEN THE POET DIES

his voice is heard,
rising to the top of the Irish stew,
seasoning still swirling
as the cooking goes on.
The onions, mushrooms, and meat
of his art mixes with
the potatoes and broth
of his imagination.
As in the fairy tale,
this meal is never-ending
and the pot cannot be emptied.
Some will dine from this
poetic vessel, and some
will look for the passing
moment’s fast food at the strip mall
of the mind instead,
having no taste for gourmet
thinking.

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