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Roger Pfingston

A retired teacher of English and photography, Roger Pfingston is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards. He is the author of five chapbooks, the most recent being What’s Given, available from Kattywompus Press. He has new poems in The American Journal of Poetry, I-70 Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Hamilton Stone Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Book vs. Clouds

A beautiful day for a nap,
the pause that says later
to the world, yes to the self
which, for now, is a new book
and a bay window’s slow reveal
of far-ranging clouds, a flock
of cumuli hurried only by what
the wind might wish, at times
a seeming stillness feeding
on the moisture they become—
ephemeral delight luring the eyes,
a relinquished grip of hands
as pages slide away,
still weighted with voice and tale.
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