2011 fall poetry waterhourvariations

by John Sibley Williams

During the summer we leap
from our roofs, naked and expecting,
into thimblefuls of ocean.
During the winter we drown quietly
in empty bathtubs.
At night we position our bodies
just close enough to frighten off land.
We are twined in the kelp
fastened to this motionless ship.

If only the little things were lesser
and meaning more significant.
If only we could breathe out

About the Author

John Sibley Williams is a poet and literary publicist residing in Portland, OR. He has a previous MA in Writing and presently studies Book Publishing at Portland State University, where he serves as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and publicist for Three Muses Press. His poetry was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize and won the 2011 Heart Poetry Award. His chapbooks include A Pure River (The Last Automat Press, 2010), Door, Door (Red Ochre Press, 2011), Autobiography of Fever (Bedouin Books, 2011), From Colder Climates (Folded Word, forthcoming), The Longest Compass (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), and The Art of Raining (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, forthcoming). Some of his over 200 previous or upcoming publications include: The Evansville Review, RHINO, Rosebud, Ellipsis, Flint Hills Review, and Poetry Quarterly.

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