Poetry: Summer in St. Louis –Richard H. Fox

Summer in St. Louis (excerpt)

—August 1972

Kali, Amber, & I dance rockers as a trio.
Slow dances, Kali & I take turns with Amber.
We aren’t quite equilateral, more right.
Holding Amber close, rosewater and Charlie
clash with Old Spice and perspiration.
Amber curtsies after each number.
Kali whispers in my ear You got no chance,
but I do. I know she’s right.

Richard H. Fox was born and bred in Worcester MA. He is a former President of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education and promoting local poets, and was Managing Editor of its journal Diner. Many of his poems focus on cancer from the patient’s point of view drawing on hope, humor, and unforeseen gifts. His book Time Bomb was published in 2013. A new collection, wandering in puzzle boxes, is forthcoming in 2015. Richard seconds Stanley Kunitz’ motion that people in Worcester are “provoked to poetry.” smallpoetatlarge.com

“Summer in St. Luis,” as published here, is excerpted from Richard’s forthcoming book “Wandering in Puzzle Boxes,” due out this year from Big Table.

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