Sample Poems

Uncollected Work:

“The Swimmer,” published in The Missouri Review

“Portrait of My Father as an Extra on Miami Vice,” published in StorySouth

Introduction to Statistics,” published in Virginia Quarterly Review

“Elegy for an Accordion,” published in The Oxford American (text and audio recording)


The following poems from A Raft of Grief can be found online:

A Raft of Grief,” published in The Atlantic Monthly, reprinted on Poetry Daily

English Sonnet,” published in Poetry

Fire Ants,” published in The Atlantic Monthly

The Talker,” from The New Republic

How It Happened,” from New Ohio Review, reprinted on Verse Daily

“The Mother of Beauty, Etc.,” from Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations

Night Train” and “Bad-Marriage Bop,” published in B O D Y


The following poems from The Shifting Line can be found online:


Love Song,” from The New Criterion